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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
Page: 2641

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) - I do not wish to continue this discussion indefinitely. But I just wish, quite patiently, to point out that the answer of the Minister for Primary Industry (Senator Wriedt) is hardly good enough from the point of view of indicating where the growing section of the industry can get advantage because of the loss of this cordial market. I would be indebted to the Minister if he would indicate the type of assistance he has in mind. Surely some alternatives have been considered. I mention the reconstruction scheme only for the purpose of putting it aside. We have already developed quite an acute difference of opinion on that, as the Minister has said. But let us put that aside. Also let us put aside the revaluation situation. This is a case of loss for a particular type of apple which has previously been juiced, the market for which has now terminated. I think that no individual grower can be expected to put forward a case on that. Is it that a State fruit board is to put forward a case on behalf of the whole of that section of the industry?

Senator Wriedt - Yes.

Senator WRIGHT -Is that what the Minister means?

Senator Wriedt - Yes.

Senator WRIGHT -Should the State fruit board make an assessment of the position and put it forward on behalf of the growers? I think that that could be done. Then there could be assistance at so much a case, or something of that kind. I believe the Minister has indicated that he has something like that in mind. Would he oblige me by saying whether something of that sort would be within the ambit of his intention?

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