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Wednesday, 14 September 1949

Mrs BLACKBURN (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - My question, which is directed to the Prime Minister, is prompted by the need to overcome waste of material at a time when many materials are in short supply. Is it a fact that it costs about £500 to dunnage a ship, and that every ship brings into port dunnage worth that amount in timber of various kinds, such as hardwood and oregon, of useful quality? Am 1 making a correct statement when I say that this material is burned or otherwise destroyed, sometimes by being dumped overboard at some distance from port? If so, why is such useful material being wasted when timber is so much in demand for homes, home fittings, furniture, firewood, &c. ? Can steps be taken to prevent such waste?

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