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Friday, 25 November 1927

Senator FOLL (Queensland) .- I had intended to offer a few observations on the motion for the ' second reading of this bill, but my temporary, though unavoidable, absence from the chamber on public duty " prevented me from doing so. I should like the Minister to explain the relationship between the Forestry Bureau established by this bill, and the established Schools of Forestry in the different States. According rr, the Commonwealth Year-Boole -

Forestry schools have been established in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, in which general scientific instruction is imparted, special attention being paid to forestry. In the classes, theoretical forestry, botany, geology, physics, land surveying, &c, are taught; while in outside work trainees receive practical instruction in the preparation of seed-beds, seed-sowing, propagation, planting out, pruning, the general care and improvement of plantations and natural forests, and the employment of timber to the best advantage. Courses of lectures are also given at various centres, and, at some of the higher technical schools, members of the forest staffs are afforded opportunities of qualifying in special subjects.

It is my hope that the Commonwealth Forestry Bureau will become a big success, because I think the work which is proposed to be done is something' that must be undertaken in Australia. At the same time, we are all anxious to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort and I should like to know if, with the establishment of a Forestry School in the Federal

Capital Territory, it is the intention of the Commonwealth, to take over the whole of the responsibility for forestry training in Australia?

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