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Tuesday, 8 November 1938

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (BarkerPostmasterGeneral) . - I cannot allow the statement by the honorable member for Franklin (Mr. Frost) to pass without reply. The points which he has raised have nothing to do with the question before the committee. The clause relates to the licensing of a person to ship fruit overseas; it has nothing to do with the quality of the fruit.

Mr Makin - But if there were proof that fruit of inferior quality had been exported, would not the shipper be likely to lose his licence?

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - He could be tried in a court, of law, the maximum penalty provided being £100. The honorable member for Franklin asks the committee to do an extraordinary thing. He does not suggest that an exporter who is dissatisfied should have the right of appeal to a court of law against refusal of a licence, but he asks for the right of appeal to a police, stipendiary, or special magistrate against the refusal or failure of the board to recommend the issue to him of a licence, which is an entirely different thing. If a person had been refused a licence by the Minister, I could understand honorable members opposite arguing in favour of the right of appeal to another tribunal, but I cannot see justification for the right of appeal against the board's failure to recommend the granting of a licence. I am afraid that this is a matter which the committee will have to decide by vote.

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