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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - I have been using a very considerable quantity of strawboard, and I look upon this industry as of great importance to Australia. A large amount of capital is invested in it, and it gives remunerative employment to a great number of men. . Ab Senator Keating has painted out, another important aspect of this question is that the industry is using a considerable quantity of what would otherwise be treated as waste material. Waste material from printing offices and drapery stores, in the shape of old boxes and scraps of paper, which only a few years ago waa carted away to rubbish tips and burnt - an operation for which payment hod to be made - is now being purchased and converted into strawboard. If the. duty is reduced, the effect on the industry will be serious. I hope the request will be rejected.

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