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Wednesday, 24 August 1921

Senator HENDERSON (Western Australia) . - I trust the Committee will nob be influenced by the opinions expressed by Senator Lynch. Coal-cutting machines are not in any way similar to rock-drilling machines, and, practically speaking, no comparison can be made between the two. Although the former are very expensive, no attempt has ever been made to manufacture them here, although Australian manufacturers have had every incentive, because coal has been won in abundance from the earth in this continent for many years, and, I trust, will be for many centuries to come. Notwithstanding this, the Australian manufacturers have never made any effort to meet the requirements of the coal-mining industry in this regard, and to enable the Australian coal-mining industry to compete with the collieries in other parts of the world, those associated with the business in the Commonwealth have had to utilize the most modern appliances. In addition to procuring the most uptodate machines they have also had to bring operatives from the country in which those machines are used to teach the Australian coal-miners how to handle them.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - How long did they take to learn?

Senator HENDERSON - Not0 very long. The Australian manufacturers have had every inducement to produce a similar coal-cutter, but they have never turned their attention to perfecting such a machine. For that reason I sincerely trust the Committee will not support Senator Lynch's request.

Senator PEARCE - Why not have a division t

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