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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - I have considerable sympathy with the view put forward by Senator Needham that the duties are either too little or too high. That is the usual cry in regard to all duties. They are too high for some people, and not high enough for others. I wish, however, to call attention to the honorable senator's inconsistency when he says that he desires that the duty on these machines should not be interfered with in the interest of the miners. I find it difficult to understand why he should consider the interests of the miners in the matter of generators for direct coupling to steam turbines, and should neglect their interests in the matter of die conservation, of water in tanks.

Senator Millen - Has the honorable senator not yet discovered the influence of geography upon Tariff matters?

Senator RAE - No one can say that the whole of Western Australia is so admirably watered that tanks are not necessary there for the conservation of water. I could understand Senators Long and Ready supporting a duty upon tanks, coming, as they do, from a State that has an overplus of water, but I cannot understand a representative of the waterless West voting for a> duty upon tanks, and suggesting a reduction of the duty upon electrical generators,, when I remember that water is probablymore necessary for the mining industry thanare electrical generators.

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