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Friday, 21 September 1928

Mr GIBSON (Corangamite) (PostmasterGeneral) (6:54 AM) . - A few days ago the honorable member for Franklin (Mr. Seabrook) referred disparagingly to the members of the Canned Fruits Export Control Board. He stated that one of the members of the board and the secretary were not fit to hold their positions because they had recorded as present at a meeting of the board a member who was not present. He also stated that a resolution agreed to at that meeting, and approved by the Minister, provided that two cases of peaches were to be sold to every case of apricots or pears. No such regulation was passed or rescinded at the meeting. The honorable member's reference to the minutes of the meeting having been altered is, therefore, incorrect. The Minister for Markets did not convene the meeting, as stated by the honorable member; it was convened by the chairman of the board. In fairness to the board, which is doing good work, I make these facts known on behalf of my honorable colleague.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Miscellaneous Services.

Proposed vote, £376,944.

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