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Wednesday, 26 April 1961

Mr LUCOCK (LYNE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I preface a question to the Treasurer, on the timber industry, by saying that the Minister for Trade concluded an answer to a question last Thursday, by stating -

It was clear to the Cabinet that the problems of this industry are the result not of inadequate tariff protection, but of a fall-off in the overall demand.

I believe that portion of my question has been answered by the Treasurer in reply to the question asked to-day by the honorable member for Shortland. As I have made representations about the release of more money for home building, particularly from government sources, has the Treasurer any information that he can give to me and to the House in this regard? I ask that, in discussions on this matter, particular consideration be given to country areas, where increased home-building activity would help to take up the slack in the timber industry.

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