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Wednesday, 14 October 1931
Page: 759


Mr PATERSON (Gippsland) .- The honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory) did not actually move an amendment and since he has already spoken twice he is debarred from speaking again on this item. On his behalf, I therefore move -

That the following item be inserted - "dynamite and gelignite".

If this is agreed to it will mean that explosives used for mining purposes will be removed from the 10 per cent. list and placed on the 4 per cent. list. I well remember some nine or ten years ago, before I was a member of this Parliament, reading a newspaper report of a debate on this subject in the Federal

House. At that time two strong protectionists, the present honorable member for Newcastle (Mr. Watkins) and the then member for Hunter (Mr. Charlton) staunchly supported a proposal that explosives for mining purposes should be admitted free. I sincerely hope that the honorable member for Newcastle and the present member for Hunter (Mr. James) will follow the example that was set at that time.







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