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Tuesday, 7 May 1957

Mr DUTHIE (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - 1 ask the Minister for Trade: Does he recall an amazing statement he made in this House last week when, in answer to a question by my colleague, the honorable member for Bass, he said that there was no unemployment in

Tasmania. Is the Minister aware that over the weekend 50 more men have been dismissed from the timber industry in Tasmania, bringing the total to 850 in the last two months? Is he aware, also, that 26 mills have closed down and that 46 are on part-time? In view of the serious situation in this industry, will the Minister have the Tariff Board inquiry into imports of timber from Malaya and Borneo speeded up and, if possible, have the Board's decision ready for the industry within the next nine months, not two years, as we expect? The honorable member for Bass and I are both vitally interested in this problem.

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