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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - I thank the Minister for his statement, which proves that this Queensland industry is by no means unimportant. Although the industry is not an old. one, it has progressed favorably. The Queensland production is about 50,000,000 feet of ply-wood annually, comprising chiefly hoop pine, but also fancy timbers which compare favorably with the world's best. Direct employment is given to over 600 workers in the factories, and indirectly a similar number engaged in logging and other operations, is dependent on the industry. The capital employed exceeds £500,000. That the industry is efficient is shown by the fact that it is able to export some of its products. I ask the Government not to do any thing which might injure this industry.

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