New Zealand apples have been banned from the Australian market since 1924 on the grounds they are subject to fireblight, but the ban is widely judged in New Zealand to be due to protectionist lobbying. The ongoing litigation has been a gift to cartoonists, as here in 2007 when New Zealand planned to take the dispute to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The cartoon refers to an incident in a cricket match in 1981 when Australian Trevor Chappell unsportingly bowled the last ball of the match underarm to deny New Zealand the chance of equaling Australia’s score. The WTO found in New Zealand’s favour on apple imports, but the ban remained.
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