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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Mr DRUMMOND (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Country Timber Merchants Association of New South

Wales, representing some 54 mills, is gravely concerned at the impact of the import restrictions, based upon a theory which was adopted by the organization many years ago. Will the right honorable gentleman ascertain whether there is any real ground for the worry of the association? Further, will he also consider a report by Mr. Justice Richards in 1955, following his investigation into the timber industry in New South Wales, in which he described conditions as approaching a monopoly, thus affecting the importing rights of country traders?

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