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Wednesday, 14 October 1931
Page: 760

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) .- It isquite true, as the honorable member for Gippsland (Mr. Paterson) has pointed out, that the two honorable gentlemen to whom he has referred voted against the imposition of a duty on explosives for mining purposes. But I want to remind the committee that explosives fall into two classes, namely, those required for sporting purposes and those required for mining purposes. The manufacture of ammunition for sporting purposes is carried on principally by the DuPont organization, and that required for mining purposes by the De Beer and the Nobel enterprises. The De Beer company carries on its operations in South Africa with coloured labour, whereas the Nobel company is manufacturing explosives in Australia under Australian conditions. When I have to make a choice between an industry operated by coloured labour and one operated by white men working under Australian conditions, I am not in any difficulty at all. I would vote every time for the protection of the Australian industry.

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