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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Mr GRASSBY - I was aware of that and I did not intend to stray. What I intended to do was merely to sum up the position in relation to this measure on a note of high stability. It might be a very good preliminary reference to the next measure on this industry that will be coming before the House. I will just give these 2 brief sentences which I quote from the 44th annual report of the Australian Dried Fruits Control Board. The report says:

By contrast with many other Australian industries the Australian taxpayer has not been required to assist the Australian dried fruit grower in any way.

The report also says:

In general terms the Board is unaware of any agricultural commodity in the world trade today having had a greater degree of stability since 1963 than dried vine fruits.

I think this is a remarkable testimony to an industry which has had great hardship but which has done so extraordinarily well. 1 join with my colleague, the honourable member for Dawson, in commending this measure. I hope that, against this background of extraordinarily fine performance, we will be able to note and act accordingly to the needs which are created so regularly as the result of the natural disasters which are endemic in the areas and to the industry itself. I support the measure.

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