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Wednesday, 11 May 1921

Senator EARLE (TASMANIA) - That is so.I assume that the Minister will 'consult with his. colleagues and ascertain whether it is practicable to make such an investigation as I have suggested. I cannot ask for more.

Senator Fairbairn - What is wrong with my suggestion?

Senator EARLE - It is a question for experts to decide It is all very well to suggest that two miners should make an investigation but an inquiry into so complex an operation as silver and lead emolting should be carried out by an expert acquainted with the treatment of ores, who should also have some knowledge of accountancy and be able to fully inquire into the whole industry.

Senator Fairbairn - Could not such a man be chosen in the way I have suggested without any interference by the Government.

Senator EARLE - If such a man could be chosen, I have no doubt his con- ' elusions would have a great influence upon all concerned.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Would the honorable senator not require some one to say whether the smelting industry has been interfered -with by . the Tariff, and has not in consequence been enabled to obtain uptodate machinery ?

Senator EARLE -These Free Traders die very hard, and we must not be too severe on them. I ask the leave of the Senate to withdraw the motion.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

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