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Friday, 18 March 1927

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - I endorse the remarks of Senators H. Hays and J. B. Hayes. Recently, on two occasions I had the opportunity of visiting the far north-west of Tasmania, in which portion of the State the timber industry is one of the most important. It was appalling to me to see the way in which the different timber mills in which so much capital has been, invested were lying idle because of the absence of such protection as would enable the product to be marketed on the mainland. Anything that the Government can do to have the report and recommendation of the Tariff Board considered, and a resolution passed by both Houses of' Parliament before the long adjournment, will be more than justified, because it will mean the salvation of the industry and, as Senator J. B. Hayes pointed out, prevent the accentuation of the problem of unemployment.

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