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Friday, 9 March 1928

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- 1 draw the attention of the Government to information that has come into my possession in Canberra this week to the effect that a large quantity of imported timbers has been used' for the embellishment of the new Assembly Hall in this city. The matter is so serious to me, as one who believes in fostering

Australian industries, that I consider I am justified in bringing it before the Senate. It ought to be investigated so as to Ascertain who is responsible for it. Magnificent timbers are grown in Australia. I trust that the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce) will institute inquiries during the week end so that he will be in a position to make a statement when we reassemble next Thursday. I have no first-hand knowledge, because I have not been able to inspect the building; but the information came from what I believe to be a reliable source.

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