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Wednesday, 22 May 1996
Page: 947

Senator MARGETTS(6.07 p.m.) —Minister, on the information that Customs has available to it at the moment, you did say that the quarries were dedicated quarries for agricultural use. I wonder whether Blue Circle Southern Cement obtains a number of different types of limestone. It appears to put it to a number of different uses. Is this not a fairly normal model for the kinds of quarries we are talking about? There may be small quarries within the agricultural areas but, in terms of volume, are we not talking about quarries that produce limestone for a number of reasons?    Also, are we not getting pressure from the quarriers who not only will be wanting to use the rebates for supplying limestone for agricultural purposes but also will be asking that it be available for clearing of overburden and other clearing on quarries? Are the quarriers not suggesting that they will be attempting to expand the use of the diesel fuel rebate in this case?