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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator FRASER (Western AustraliaMinister for External Territories) (6:40 AM) . - in reply - Senator Johnston, apparently, is under a misapprehension regarding this matter. One-third of. the skins are used locally, and two-thirds are exported. The trapper does not pay in any way any charge imposed on skins exported. He gets the full market value of his skins.

Senator E B Johnston - Will not this charge reduce the market value ?

Senator FRASER - No.

Senator J B Hayes - Who will pay it ?

Senator FRASER - The exporters will pay the money to the board.

Senator Cooper - This scheme is similar to that applying to wool realizations ?

Senator FRASER - Yes. The skins are bought here, and exported by dealers : but the funds collected go to the board to pay expenses. The board has now a deficit of £300,000, and the Government will be obliged to meet that liability, unless the export charge be raised. It may not be necessary to raise the charge to the amount I mentioned in my secondreading speech. In all circumstances, the trapper will get his price.

Senator Cameron - Who fixes the price to the trapper?

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