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Wednesday, 31 August 1921


Senator LYNCH ("Western Australia) . - I do not think it can be claimed that the rate of duty is excessive. I am not in favour of going any higher, because I desire to apply the same principle in this instance as has been applied to other industries to which I have previously referred. I do not wish those who are to benefit by higher duties to bc sheltered behind an unnecessarily high barrier; but I desire to remind Senator Gardiner that it is very necessary to prompt, or even compel, certain people in this country to give preference to the timber grown here. We have been using American- axe . handles in Australia for many years, and axemen really thought that nothing produced locally could equal them.


Senator Gardiner - Neither they can.


Senator LYNCH - That is not so; because in Western Australia axe handles made from the timber grown on the limestone fringes is as tough in fibre as any timber from which American axe handles are made. I have used the handles made of Western Australian timber, and know that they are equal in every way to the imported article. It is time our people began to shed the scales from their eyes and admit that the Australian timber is suitable in every way for the manufacture of many articles which we have been in the habit of importing. I am not asking for more than 25 per cent. ; and knowing that country industries have not had that kind of soft-hearted consideration which city industries have received, I am thankful for what I am getting.







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