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Thursday, 3 December 1959

Mr DRUMMOND (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask the Minister for Trade a question which is supplementary to that addressed to him by the honorable member for Bass relating to the importation of timber into Australia. Is it not a fact that in New South Wales country sawmillers and merchants, who are vitally interested in the production of hardwood timbers, find it absolutely essential to the conduct of their business to import a certain amount of Oregon or meranti, as the case may be, in order to be able effectively to use Australian timbers for building purposes? If that is a fact, will the right honorable gentleman give the fullest consideration to that aspect of the matter in dealing with any objection which might be raised against the further importation pro rata to our production of Australian hardwood?

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