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Thursday, 3 April 1941

Senator HERBERT HAYS (Tasmania) .- The objections to this bill which some honorable senators opposite have raised cannot be supported by facts. The Minister in charge of the measure explained quite clearly the necessity for the measure. Inquiry into the circumstances of the berry fruit-growers of Tasmania has been made by both Commonwealth and State Government representatives. In any case, the money is to be advanced as a loan which the fruitgrowers will repay in due course.

Senator Keane - Why was not the measure submitted to us last week, when we had time available to deal with it?

Senator HERBERT HAYS - Some measures had necessarily to be left for to-day. There is nothing mysterious about this bill. The Government of Tasmania has agreed to supplement by another £10,000 the amount now to be provided and under similar conditions.

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