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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator HARDY(through Senator

Abbott) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   What quantity respectively oforegon logs and sawn Oregon has been admitted to the Commonwealth -

(a)   in the year immediately preceding the alteration in timber duties. (b)In each year since the change of duties ?

2.   What revenue was received in both cases and how was this proportioned between foreign and British preference classifications?

3.   Will the Government, when considering the proposed new agreement with Canada, keep prominently before it and fully protect the interests of the country sawmilling industry of the Commonwealth?

4.   Will the Senate be given an opportunity of discussing the terms of this new Canadian agreement before it is finalized?

a.   Will the Minister agree to an immediate inquiry into log imports, by the Tariff Board, with a view to having the rates altered from anad valorem basis to a flat duty rate?

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following answers: - 1 and 2. The information is being obtained, and will be furnished to the honorable member later in the day.

3.   Yes.

4.   Any new agreement that may be made with Canada will be presented to Parliament for approval.

5.   The question of the duties on log timber is being closely investigated.

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