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Thursday, 23 March 1961

Mr DRUMMOND (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question to the Minister for Trade relates to the position of the timber industry, particularly in northern New South Wales. Is it a fact that the Tariff Board reported that high rail freights and high royalties in New South Wales created a position distinct from that which exists in any other State, and that the board could not fix its tariff protection based upon the exorbitant charges in any one State? If this is a fact, is it possible for the Minister or for his officers to enter into discussions with the New South Wales Government with a view to bringing these royalties and rail charges more into line with those of the other States?

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