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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) . - Earlier this afternoon I said that the output of kiln seasoned native timbers in Victoria had increased from 1,000,000 feet in 1930 to nearly 50,000,000 feet in 1936. I shall read to the Senate a letter which has reached me from the Australian Federated Sawmillers Association -

It may be of interest to note that the output of kiln seasoned native Victorian timber in 1930 was approximately 1,000,000 super feet, whereas it now stands at 50,000,000 super feet per annum. Such remarkable progress, made without any government assistance, is entirely the result of tariff protection.

I do not say that that increase has been entirely due to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. As a matter of fact the main reason for the increase was the tariff, but one of the factors in the increase has been the educational policy pursued by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in regard to the treatment of timbers and the establishment of kilns.

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