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Friday, 18 March 1927

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - According to reports that have appeared in the daily press, there are 190 timber mills in Tasmania, of which at the present time 100 are idle. So far as I can judge, that has been the position over there for a considerable time. But Tasmania is not the only State that supplies timber for Australia's needs.

Senator H Hays - I appealed on behalf of the industry in every part of Australia.

Senator GRANT - I know that the honorable senator did; but particular emphasis has been laid upon the condition of the industry in Tasmania. I should like the Minister to ascertain who are the owners of the land on which the timber grows. If additional protection is given I do not wish it to be absorbed by the few people who own the timber reserves of the Commonwealth. It is well known to quite a number of honorable senators that the timber areas are carefully monopolized by certain gentlemen.

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