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Tuesday, 8 November 1938

Mr PRICE (Booth by) .- I admire the enthusiasm of the honorable member for Franklin (Mr. Frost) and acknowledge that he speaks with authority on this subject; but I regret that I cannot support his amendment. The honorable member for Bourke (Mr. Blackburn), who assured us that he did not look at the subject through State eyes, questioned whether the amendment of the honorable member for Franklin was constitutional. We must bear that in mind. I am not particularly concerned whether apples are grown on young or old trees. I am concerned, however, that only the best Australian apples shall be exported. Provided other conditions are satisfactory it does not make much difference whether apples are grown on young or old trees. Although I have no wish to discuss the subject from the State point of view, I remind honorable members of the occasion to which I referred in my second-reading speech, when about 100,000 cases of South Aus- tralian apples intended for export were left on the wharf and had to he sold on a glutted market. We must not allow a similar state of affairs to occur. I shall vote against the amendment.

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