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Thursday, 19 March 1931

Senator BARNES - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Parliament will have an opportunity of considering duties in the near future.

3.   There is no need for any investigation, because the reasons are that after considering representations made by representatives of Australian Hardwood Sawmillers, the Timber Workers Union, and the Queensland Government, as well as several members, it was decided to increase the duties for the protection of the Australian hardwood sawmilling industry. The Queensland Nationalist Premier, commenting on the June tariff schedule which provided the duties recommended by the Tariff Board on 23rd June, 1930, complained that the duties on Oregon were not high enough. Later, he asked that Oregon be prohibited altogether. It was in July, 1930, that duties on Oregon were further increased. Copies of his comments and communications will be found in the official file.

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