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Friday, 27 November 1936


Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following answers: -

1.   The report has been under consideration by the Government on several occasions and has only recently received final consideration.

2.   The Brereton scale of measurement shows the exact or solid contents in super, feet of a log, and is mathematically correct, whereas the Hoppus log scale is a formula for estimating in super feet the amount of merchantable timber contained in a log. The amount of timber that can be cut from a log of a given size is however not uniform because the factors which determine the amount of waste vary under different circumstances such as the thickness of the saw, the thickness of the boards, the width of the smallest board that may be utilized, the skill of the sawyer, the efficiency of the machinery, the defects in the log, the amount of taper, and the shrinkage. If duty were to be charged on. merchantable timber cut from the log, customs officers would have to be placed in attendance at the plants. In determining the present duty under the Brereton scale due regard was given to the fact that under this scale no allowance is made for waste. 11 the Hoppus formula were adopted then to maintain the same relative position as exists at present between Oregon log duty and sawn oregon duty, the rate of duty under the Hoppus formula would have to be higher. Oregon logs are invoiced from seller to Australian buyer in Brereton measurement.

3.   The duty on Canadian logs was increased from 20 per cent, ad valorem plus 10 per cent, primage duty to 4s. 6d. per 100 super, feet (Brereton measurement) plus 10 per cent, primage duty. The effect is a rise in the gross duty of from4s.6d. per 100 super, feet (Brereton measurement) to 4s. 9.6d. per 100 super, feet (Brereton measurement). 4.The margin between the duties on Oregon logs and sawn oregon is approximately the same as that recommended by the Tariff Board.

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