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Wednesday, 25 February 1959

Mr McEWEN - I remember the recommendation to which the honorable member refers, but he has not stated it in precisely correct terms. I think his words just now were to the effect that the recommendation was that the Government should direct its attention to achieving a solution of this problem. I think that is not correct, although I am- subject, of course, to the record.

Mr Barnard - The Government was asked to endeavour to find a solution.

Mr McEWEN - The Government was to endeavour, to. find, a solution. On that basis, which is the sane one, the Government has appointed a committee of very experienced officers who have conducted quite an exhaustive examination into the possibilities of achieving some alleviation of this undoubted freight problem which exists in interstate traffic in timber. My memory does not enable me to tell the honorable member whether, or whats action has been taken, but I shall undertake to secure the information and supply it to the, honorable member very promptly.

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