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Wednesday, 1 November 1967

Mr DUTHIE (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - I direct my question to the Minister for Trade and Industry, ls the Minister aware that overseas shipowners are intending to seek yet another freight rise on our fruit exports from Australia in spite of the recent rise of nearly 4% to cover the journey via the Cape following the closure of the Suez Canal and in spite of the fact that freight absorbs at present 60% of the value of every case of fruit? Do the Minister and the Government appreciate the grim fact that any further rise in freights will price our fruit growers out of overseas markets, erode drastically our export earnings and drive many Australian fruit growers either into bankruptcy or out of the industry? Will the Government fight this new freight rise move?

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