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Thursday, 13 May 1915

Senator O'KEEFE (Tasmania) . - I was not present when the VicePresident of the Executive Council replied before the suspension of the sitting for dinner. I would like to know if he referred to the question of whether the Commonwealth could not see its way to lay in a considerable stock of hardwood timbers outside of sleepers. Such a step would result in these timbers being properly seasoned, and at the same time would afford employment to a large number of men. I would like to know from him whether there is any possibility of the Commonwealth being able to purchase, in the near future, a supply of hardwood timber such as is likely to be required for other than railway purposes.

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