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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - I cordially concur in the statement of the Vice-President of the Executive Council that the fruit industry should be sufficiently established to meet the whole of the requirements of the Commonwealth in the matter of dried fruits. As one who is interested in the fruit-growing industry, I say that there should be no difficulty in the way of achieving that result. But what our people want is more ginger, and not less. If they had had a little more ginger in them, they would have preserved sufficient fruit to meet our requirements long ago. As a matter of fact, I can see no reason why we cannot grow green ginger. It can be grown in many parts of the Commonwealth. We can produce it quite as well as we can work up the raw material when it is imported. If we are going to help this industry, why should we specially assist those individuals who are engaged in the working up of the raw material? Why not help those who would grow the green ginger itself? If we are really desirous of assisting the fruit-preserving industry, we can achieve our object far more effectively by giving the producers of the raw material pecuniary assistance to establish a State-owned co-operative factory.

Request agreed to.

Motion (by Senator McGregor) agreed to-

That the House of Representatives be requested to further amend the item by making the duty on sub-item (k)1½d.

Item 59 -

By adding at the end of the item the words "and on and after the 15th December, 1911 . . Bananas per cental1s. 6d."

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