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Tuesday, 3 December 1935

Senator BRENNAN (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) . - I assure Senator J. B. Hayes and Senator Payne that the Government does not feel that it has been lacking in generosity towards the Tasmanian exporters of apples and pears. The grant this year is slightly less than it was last year, but against that reduction may be set off the fact that last season was the best that the growers had experienced for the past five or six years. At present the Government is concerned as to what form the assistance provided here should take. The Government believes that if the help can be given to the industry in the form of a reduction of freights, which would be a permanent, benefit, that would be a better method of assistance than the straight-out payment of bounties which, though welcome to the participants, are spent very rapidly. .

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