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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - I assure the members of the Opposition that the interests of this industry are not being overlooked. On the 11th February, 1.933, the company most concerned employed eighteen men and seven youths in its factory. By 1934 the number of employees had increased to 67. The average number of workmen engaged in the production of veneers during the financial year ended June, 1935, was 68, and for theeight months ended February, 1936, it was 67. The production of veneers during tho first eight months of the present financial year exceeded that of the whole of the financial year ended the 30th June. 3933. In 1 934-35 Australia exported to the United Kingdom veneers valued at £6,000, and imported from that country other veneers to the value of £2,647. The respective figures in relation to Canada were £4,338 and £1.210. Exports of veneers to the United States of America in the same year were valued at £8,876, exceeding the value of the veneers imported from that country, viz.. £6,400. There must be an exchange of the better classes of veneers.

Item agreed to.

Item 305 agreed to.

Division 11. - Jewellery and Fancy Goods.

Item 310 agreed to.

Item 318 (Wristlet watches, n.e.i.).

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