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Wednesday, 10 August 1921

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I do not wish to take up very much time in discussing this matter, but I think that if Senator Payne looks at the condition of the industry in Tasmania, and Senator Gardiner, also ascertains the position in New South Wales, they will realize that the best interests of those States will be served by allowing the duties to remain'. It is a great fallacy to contend that the paraffine wax must be imported. There are signs that this commodity will be manufactured in Australia at an early date.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - What are the signs ?

Senator DE LARGIE - There are signs of a revival in the shale-mining industry in the Commonwealth.

Senator Payne - Then that will be the time to revise the Tariff.

Senator DE LARGIE - We know that there has been an extension of shale mining in both New South Wales and Tasmania, and if those ventures are to be profitable we must expect the manufacture of the by-products to play an important part in their success. At one time there was quite a large industry from the manufacture of wax candles in New South Wales, and it is not quite extinct yet.

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