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Thursday, 8 October 1936

Senator BADMAN (South Australia) . - I know that the packers at Renmark, Berri and Waikerie, in South Australia, brand all their cases, and that products from these sheds can be identified readily; but I am thinking of the growers who sell from 50 to 200 cases to a dealer. I trust that under the regulations it will be compulsory for growers' names to be plainly marked on each case for export, and that the agents shall record the names of the growers whose product is exported. Until this safeguard is provided, I shall not be satisfied that the man who is entitled to the bounty will in every instance receive it.

Senator Brennan - By what method does the honorable senator suggest that every possibility of fraud could be guarded against?

Senator BADMAN - I suggest that the name of the grower of each case of oranges exported should be imprinted on the case, and that the agents should be compelled to inform the Government of the number of cases shipped for each grower. Then the Government would know to whom the bounty should be paid, irrespective of what channel the fruit had passed through.

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