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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I intended submitting a request in connexion with sub-item, d, similar to that proposed on sub-item c, but in view of the decision of the Committee I do not propose to proceed with it. I take it that the decision at which we have just arrived leaves the basic timber duties unaltered.

Senator Pearce - Of course, it does.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Attention will now have to be given to rectifying anomalies where they exist. In connexion with sub-item e, I desire to discuss a comparatively small matter, but one which is of great importance to 'the bee-keeping industry. Apiarists must use white pine or some soft timber - New Zealand pine for preference - in the manufacture of their beehives and honeycomb boxes. I am informed by those who use Queensland hoop pine that it is unsuitable, because it twists and warps, and becomes useless under certain climatic conditions. Under sub-item e, New Zealand white pine, undressed, for use in the manufacture of butter boxes, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, is dutiable at1s. per 100 super. feet. It is obvious to any one who knows anything about the bee-keeping industry that apiarists must have timber for their beehives and honeycomb boxes similar to New Zealand white pine, and I, therefore, ask the Minister (Senator Pearce) whether he will agree to insert after the words " butter boxes," in sub-item e, the words " and the bee-keeping industry."

Senator Keating - But it is only required for beehives.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes, and for frames and appurtenances.

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