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Thursday, 8 December 1960

Mr McEWEN - I can tell the honorable member that the percentage increase in freight rates on wool over the past five years has been 29 per cent. The increase on freight rates forlamb has been of the order of 41 per cent. and up to last year, the increase on the rate for apples was 31 per cent. The freight rate for the impending export season has not yet been determined. As to the comparative values of the products over the period, I am not able to give the honorable member the percentages immediately. I will secure them as soon as I can; but the ho norable member will understand that whilst I can give the average price of wool over the past five years, the average price currently could not be the price for the full season but only the average up to the present time. However, I shall let the honorable member have these figures.

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