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Thursday, 13 May 1920

Mr LAVELLE asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   In view of the impossibility of finding a market for platinum at a remunerative price in Australia, will the Prime Minister inform the House if there is any restriction on the export of platinum to countries outside the British Empire?

2.   If any such restriction exists, will the Government take steps to have such restriction removed as soon as possible?

3.   Seeing that, owing to the drought, the platinum miners in Fifield, New South Wales, ave been waiting for eighteen months to ob tain a return for their platinum, and are now suffering considerable hardship as the result of being unable to find a market in Australia, although they have several thousands of pounds worth of platinum on hand, will the Government take steps to see that a market is found, and that, in the meantime, advances be made to the holders of this platinum so as to assist them until a market is found?

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