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Tuesday, 21 March 1961

Mr CLEAVER (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I address a further question on the subject of the timber industry to the Acting Prime Minister. I refer to the Government's endorsement of the last Tariff Board report on the timber industry and to the regrettable closure within recent weeks of timber mills in certain States. I ask the right honorable gentleman: Will he investigate the possibility of the Commonwealth setting an example by stockpiling and using for its public works local rather than imported timbers? Does he not consider it a just proposition, in view of the substantial increase in imports of timber, that the Commonwealth should ask the State governments to use local timbers to a greater extent in their public works projects? Finally, to achieve a dual objective, will he investigate the possibility of the urgent release of additional loan moneys, say £10,000,000, for rental housing in all States, in order to stimulate the demand for timber and to improve still further the housing situation?

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