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Wednesday, 20 March 1957

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Trade, and concerns the serious plight of the Australian timber industry. Is the Minister aware that in every State of the Commonwealth timber mills have been compelled to cease production, thus creating considerable unemployment in the industry? Has he considered the action that should be taken to provide protection for the industry against the importation of timber from Malaya and Borneo, and will he state what action has been taken by his department to refer the question generally to the Tariff Board for a full inquiry?

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