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Thursday, 8 October 1936

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) . - In earlier legislation dealing with the payment of bounties, I have directed attention to the definition of export case. In this clause it means - a case, the inside measurements of which (clear of divisions) are approximately as follows: -

Length 24 inches;

Depth 111/2 inches;

Width111/2 inches.

I suggest that provision should be inserted to ensure that in return for the bounty, the industry in its many ramifications should assist other industries. To that end the definition of "export case" should be amended to read - " export case "' means a case manufactured from native timbers the inside measurements of which . . .

Although large numbers of fruit cases are manufactured from imported timbers, native timbers are proving to be quite aa suitable for the purpose. This bill presents an opportunity to encourage the use of Australian timbers. I do not propose to move an amendment of the definition, but I cannot see any legitimate reason for not accepting the alteration I have suggested. If agreed to, it would encourage the making of cases from native timbers and reduce the importation of timber from abroad.

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