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Thursday, 23 March 1961

Mr FREETH (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for the Interior) - The Department of Works is a construction department, and it has been felt in the past that it has no function to make judgments as to the degree of protection or assistance it should afford to industry generally or to specified portions of Australian industry. That has always been considered to be the function of another department. In this case, the right honorable gentleman will be glad to know that an inquiry has already started into the degree of assistance that would be given to the Australian timber industry if we did specify exclusively Australian timber. I am having an examination made at the moment to find out whether this would add materially to the cost of building by the Department of Works and to ascertain precisely what effect it would have on the timber industry. I assure the right honorable member that that inquiry is well under way.

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