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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - The protection afforded to the door-making industry is more than generous. A party of Federal members visited Maryborough, in Queensland, some years ago, and saw doors and window sashes being made, for the Sydney and Melbourne markets, from Queensland cedar, a very excellent material for the purpose. I understand that silky oak is also used now for making these doors, but at that time cedar was the principaltimber used.

Senator Gardiner - It is kept in ironsafes now.

Senator Pearce - - It is all gone now.

Senator DE LARGIE - I know it is verysuperior timber, which ought to be put to better purposes, but it was so plentiful" at that time that complete houses were being built of it. The wages paid to theworkmen engaged in the mill were 6s. and' 7s. a day, and youths were working- mortising machines for 2s. a day. I think that the industry is sufficiently protected considering the amount of wages paid and the material used.-

Request (by Senator Pratten) proposed -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duties, sub-item (c) 1, 2,and 3, general, 6s. 9d., 9s., and 12s.9d.

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