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Wednesday, 14 October 1931
Page: 757

Mr GREGORY (Swan) .- When I previously referred to dynamite and gelignite, the Minister asserted that less than 5 per cent, of our explosive requirements was imported. On examining . the list of importations I note that Australia imported something like £170,000 worth of explosives last year. On the estimate of the Minister the total value of our requirements would be over £2,500,000. I feel satisfied that we do not use anything like that quantity of explosives in Australia. Every encouragement should be given to our prospectors. If new gold-fields were discovered it would bc a wonderful thing for the Commonwealth. Day by day we hear of new discoveries of some importance, and we should endeavour to make explosives, which is such an important, item to prospectors and miners generally, as cheap as possible. I shall not move an amendment, but I urge the Government to bring this item under the lower rate.

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