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Thursday, 9 November 1911


Senator McDOUGALL (New South Wales) . - Referring to the suggestion of Senator Lynch, that the Government should secure timber reserves in Australia, I would like to say that, in Papua the Commonwealth has any quantity of first class timbers of every description. During our recent visit we saw hard woods and soft woods ready to be taken away. We were told that the ring of timber merchants in Sydney and Melbourne made it impossible for any person to cut the timber and send it down to Sydney. One resident offered Messrs. Burns, Philp, and Company a full cargo for Sydney; but the firm would not accept the offer because of the difficulty of placing the timber on the market in Australia. Difficulty was placed in the way of storing timber in Sydney and selling it. If the Commonwealth Government were to get their supplies of timber from Papua, they would not only supply their own wants, but also open iup splendid country. If the time for adopting this policy is not ripe, as the Minister says, I do not think it is very far from that stage. I hope that the matter will be taken in hand On my return from. Papua I suggested to the Minister of External Affairs that the Government should experiment with its woods in the manufacture of gun stocks in the factory at Lithgow. I do not know whether they intend to carry out my suggestion, but I honestly believe that Papua can provide timbers which are fit for that purpose; in fact, for almost anything.







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