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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE - The Minister has supplied the following answer -

The future supply and demand for limber and forest products has ben studied recently by the Australian Forestry Council, of which the Minister for National Development is Chairman. The Council has concluded that to overcome the present and future shortage of timber and other forest products, it will be necessary to increase the annual planting rates of softwoods in Australia to 75,000 acres per annum. The Council envisages that private enterprise will achieve an annual planting of 10,000 acres, leaving an annual programme of 65,000 acres to be planted by the Government forest services. Plans are now being studied for encouraging additional plantings.

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