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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) .- We all agree with what Senator Payne has said concerning the nature of the bushman's work, and how necessary it is that he should have an axe handle of good quality; but I am assured that our bushworkers can get an Australian axe handle of excellent quality. At Bunbury, in Western Australia, a factory, owned and run entirely by returned soldiers, is turning out axe handles that are used almost universally throughout that State, which has the biggest timber industry in the Commonwealth. ' If these axe handles are suitable for the hardwood timbers of Western Australia, they should be quite suitable for the soft woods in the other States.

Senator Payne - But those handles are not obtainable in the eastern States.

Senator PEARCE - It is a new industry, and by means of this Tariff it is hoped to extend business considerably in the near future. Those connected with it had their initial difficulties because of the limited capital available. I appeal to Senator Payne not to press his request.

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