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Thursday, 3 April 1941

Senator HERBERT HAYS (TASMANIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   Are the control and arrangements of sales under the apple and pear acquisition scheme, from the grower to the distributor for local sales, the same in each State?

2.   What is the rate of commission paid to the agent or agents in each State?

3.   What is the rate of commission per case for interstate shipment?

Senator McBRIDE - The Minister for Commerce has supplied the following answers : -

1.   No. The arrangements which bare been set up have regard to the conditions in each State.

2.   Rates of commission vary according to the circumstances and services provided. In the capital cities, the following rates apply: Sydney and Melbourne, 7i per cent., with a minimum of 6d. a case; Brisbane, 10 per cent., with a rebate of Id. a case between 4s. and 8s., and lid. a case over 8s.; Adelaide, a discount of 6d. a case to authorized wholesale merchants; Perth, 3d. a case, plus 3h per cent.; Hobart, distributor's service fee of 5d. a case.

3.   The rates "of commission on interstate shipments are the 6ame as in 2 above, except that, in Sydney, an extra id. a case is payable for receiving and delivery charge.

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