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Thursday, 3 December 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The reason why the report of the Tariff Board was not tabled earlier is that it was held back pending negotiations with Canada. The rate on logs was increased in order to bring the relation between the duties on logs and sawn timber into line with that recommended by the Tariff Board, and to close up the hole in the tariff net, to which I have already made reference. Taking advantage of that gap sawyers of

Oregon logs were defeating the protection given to the Australian hardwood industry. The work of sawing the logs will not go overseas, as more than sufficient margin is allowed for the log-sawing plants to continue operations. I draw the attention of Senator James McLachlan especially to that fact. The Brereton measurement arrives at the full amount of timber in the log. The Hoppus measure is an attempt to arrive at the approximate amount of sawn timber which is obtainable from the log. Oregon logs are always invoiced and purchased on the Brereton measurement. In arriving at the duty under the Brereton measurement, an allowance has been made for waste. Finally, to show the sympathy with which the Government viewed this position, I point out that the Tariff Board recommended that the margin between the duty on logs and the duty on sawn timber should be 5s. 6d. per 100 super. feet, whereas the margin is now 5s. 7½d., representing a difference of 1½d., as the result of the alteration made in the House of Representatives. I mention these facts because they serve to correct some of the wrong impressions that have arisen in the discussion.

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