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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - Those connected with the Queensland industry are vitally concerned in this item, and in a published document containing a mass of figures I find a heading "Menace to Australian primary and export industry ". The document summarizes the position in this way -

Under the new tariff rates should exchange return to par the duties on better class Australian veneers will drop as low as 7.5 per cent. British, and 14.3 per cent. foreign. Under these conditions disaster to the industry is inevitable.

Senator Foll - Have they taken into consideration the paragraph relating to exchange ?

Senator COLLINGS - They deal with the points emphasized throughout this discussion. Those engaged in the industry who are experts in the manufacture of veneers, contend that if they have to submit to unreasonable competition from the

United Kingdom and other countries it will be only a matter of time when complete disaster will be unavoidable. The industry, which the Minister has admitted is efficiently conducted, is producing and exporting beautiful veneers, but even if it is fortunate enough to have a share of the export trade it should not have to submit to unnecessary onslaughts.

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