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Wednesday, 3 June 1942


Senator FRASER (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) . - On the 3rd June, Senator Lamp asked me as the Minister -representing the Minister for Supply and Development, the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   Has the Commonwealth Controller of Metals received from the Tasmanian State Committee for Essential Metals Production a case for increased production in vital war metals ?

2.   If so, what is the cause of the delay in dealing with this matter?

The Minister for Supply and Development has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Yes.

2.   There has been no undue delay in dealing with this matter. Some of the recommendations of the State committee had been anticipated in connexion with mining generally and certain of these have been implemented. Others are being considered by the Government. A meeting of the Chairman of the Minerals Committee, the Controller of Minerals and the principals of Tasmanian companies will be held in Melbourne next week with the object of arriving at a satisfactory scheme for the further development of mining in that State.

On the 3rd June, Senator Lamp also asked me as the Minister assisting the Minister for Commerce, the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   What was the pre-war rate per 100 superficial feet for the transport of timber from Hobart to Melbourne?

2.   What increases have taken place since the war commenced?

3.   What is the present rate per 100 superficial feet ou requisitioned ships?

4.   Did the Shipping Control Board or the Prices Commissioner authorize the increases?

5.   Did the Shipping Control Board issue instructions that 20 per cent, must be added to the charges for green timber cut under four months; if so, why?

The Minister for Commerce has supplied the following answers : -

1.   The basic timber rate was 5s. per 100 superficial feet. 2. (o) 2nd October, 1939 - 10 per cent, war surcharge authorized; (6) 1st October, 1940 - 10 per cent, war surcharge was increased to 15 per cent; (c) 1st April, 1942 - 15 per cent, war surcharge was increased to 30 per cent, and 6d. per 100 superficial feet added to basic rate.

3.   5s. 6d. plus 30 per cent.

4.   Increases (a) and (b) above were authorized by the Commonwealth Prices Commissioner. Increase (c) was authorized by the Shipping Control Board.

5.   The Shipping Control Board issued directions for 20 per cent, to be added to specification measurements in order to cover the overcut in the case of green timber.







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