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Wednesday, 3 May 1961


Mr McEWEN (Murray) (Minister for Trade) . - by leave - When the honorable member for Wide Bay (Mr. Bandidt) asked me a question relating to imports of timber and plywood, 1 did not have some figures available. They are briefly available now. During the quarter, July to September, 1960, the actual imports of plywood were 10,700,000 square feet. In the quarter, October to December, 1960, the imports were 9,500,000 square feet. In the month of January, this year, the imports were 2,500,000 square feet. In the month of February, they were 2,700,000 square feet, and in the month of March, they were 1.500,000 square feet. In the first week of April they were 386,000 square feet, and in the second week of April they were only 67.000 square feet.


Mr Calwell - There are very big stocks on hand, are there not?


Mr McEWEN - These are imports. That is all I can give, and I think that the House probably does not want to hear at this stage the imports of timber--


Mr Barnard - I most certainly do.


Mr McEWEN - Then what about having a conference with the honorable member for East Sydney, who has sought to prevent me from giving this information? Speaking in terms of timber imports, Mr. Speaker, in the quarter ended March, 1960, imports of timber were 103,000,000 super feet; in the quarter ended June, 1960, 107,000,000 super feet; in the quarter ended September, 1960, 145,000,000 super feet; in the quarter ended December, 1960. 108,000,000 super feet; in the month of January, 1961, 29,000,000 super feet; in the month of February, 1961, 27,000,000 super feet; in the month of March, 1961, 24,500,000 super feet; in the first week of April, 1961, 4,400,000 super feet; and in the second week of April, 4,000,000 super feet. These represent a small proportion of total usage.







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