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Wednesday, 17 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - While I grudgingly accept the Minister's assurance, I desire- to point: out that those who purchase this . material, in turning to this- document will-not! find, any security in the. information given* in-, the schedule: They will ask me what I have done, and when I inform them that I have received Ministerial assurance, they will ask for the authority of Parliament. I must then confess that I haveto depend upon the word of the Minister which, although estimable in itself,' is not parliamentary authority. This Government have gone, out of their way to specially safeguard other small industries ; but are only grudgingly coming to the point of giving an '"assurance " in a direction where it is sadly needed. On perusing the Tariff," users of this material will find that there is a duty of 20 per cent., facing, them. I ' shall accept the Minister's assurance, under protest, and shall' at the some timethatthe Government . are not giving the mining industry a fair "go."

Item agreed -to, subject to requests.

Progress reported.

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