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Tuesday, 6 December 1960

Mr ADERMANN - I have had brought to my notice a statement similar to that made by the honorable member. Regarding the levy, representations were made to me officially by the Australian Apple and Pear Board, on which all States have producers' representatives and exporters' representatives. Those representations were supported by the Tasmanian Government. Am I to assume that the representatives on the Australian Apple and Pear Board are not in contact with their industry? It was from this source that the application came, and it was duly supported. Frankly, in regard to grower representation on the board, I cannot understand the reason for any opposition that there may be to Tasmania getting fairer representation. For instance, exporters from Western Australia have made representations against the bill. Western Australian exporters have a representative on the board, as have exporters in Tasmania, and exporters in the other four States have one representative between them. Since over 60 per cent, of the apples and pears exported by this country comes from Tasmania alone, surely producers in that State are entitled to three out of eight producer representatives on the Australian Apple and Pear Board.

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