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Wednesday, 21 July 1920


Mr MARKS (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   In view of the serious shortage of paper in Australia, will he take stops to deal with same, so as to avoid the discharge, owing to the scarcity of paper supplies, of a great number of men employed in the printing trade and allied industries?

2.   Whether he will consider the advisability of appointing a small committee of qualified persons representing both employers and trade unions connected with the printing trade to hold meetings in Sydney and Melbourne to consider the necessary measures to deal with the serious shortage, of paper in the Commonwealth, to devise a scheme to enable small newspaper proprietors and printers to receive equal treatment with largefirms as regards supplies, and also for the systematic collection of waste paper and other like material suitable forrepulping?

3.   Whether he will consider the suspending wholly or partially of the import duty on paper, so as to give some relief to consumers in the existing circumstances? 4.Whether he will enjoin upon each Commonwealth Department the necessity for the strictest economy in the use of paper?







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