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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2035

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Acting Minister for Primary Industry. I am sure he will agree that it is one thing to refuse assistance to an industry but it is another thing to deprive an industry of returns that it has earned. Does he know that the apple industry is facing an acute crisis by reason of cost and the handicap in the European market? Does he know that a great number of trees are being grubbed out because of lack of confidence? Is it not a fact that by reason of the Government's decision on revaluation each exporter lost about 60c a bushel and that the Government has provided compensation of only 30c a bushel limited to $ 1 , 500 per orchard? Does he realise that this deprives the industry of about $ 1.5m to which it is justly entitled? Will the Government review its decision to limit that compensation and to give justice to these exporters?

Senator CAVANAGH - As a similar question is asked nearly every day, by this time I am beginning to realise that there is an acute crisis in the apple industry in Tasmania. On each occasion that hardship is established compensation is paid by the Government. I shall take up with Senator Wriedt, when he returns to Australia on Sunday, the question of the amount of compensation and whether the Government will review the limits of compensation.

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