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Tuesday, 26 March 1968

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I am very conscious that packing costs and freight costs do represent a high proportion of the proceeds of sales of apples and pears on the export market. However, the matter of selling arrangements is one strictly between the grower or exporter of the fruit and the overseas interests. I am not aware that the State Fruit Board has submitted any request for assistance to the Tasmanian Government; nor has the Tasmanian Government made any approach to the Commonwealth Government for special assistance. However, should this come about, I will certainly look at the request sympathetically. But I really cannot say what the eventual result will be.

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