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Thursday, 8 March 1928


Sir NEVILLE HOWSE (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Health) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   The roof of the Assembly Hall is not a timber roof. The trusses are of steel, timber ' being used for purlins and rafters only, which are of Oregon, representing about 10 per cent, of the cost of construction. The specification provides for all maple to be Queensland maple, and, so far as is known, the specification is being adhered to in this respect. No Japanese oak is being used in the building.

2.   Australian timbers have been used generally in the construction of the building, the whole of the floor structural timbers being of hardwood and the flooring of jarrah, in addition to the maple joinery specified. The reason for specifying Oregon purlins, and rafters is that oregon is considered to be the most suitable timber for the purpose.







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