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Friday, 25 November 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - Under clause 5 authority is given to the proposed bureau to establish experimental stations for the study of sylviculture, forest management and forest protection. Has the Ministry come to an arrangement with the State governments for the establishment of experimental stations in the several States, and if so, will they be erected and maintained at the expense of the Commonwealth? Sufficient information concerning the details of this scheme was n'ot given by the Minister in his second readingspeech. We have not been fully informed concerning the provision to be made for the training of professional foresters, though obviously paragraph d of clause 5 postulates that something will' be done in addition to the establishment of the bureau. Probably there will be the government subsidiary schools in the several States and also in territories controlled by the Commonwealth. If so, will instruction be given to the students by means of correspondence from the central school in the Federal Capital Territory? I should like also to know if provision is to be made for the seasoning of timber. Strictly speaking, this may not be within the province of the Forestry Bureau, but certainly it would be an important adjunct to the general scheme.

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