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Thursday, 25 August 1921


Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) . - In regard to the duty on whale oil, I may say that for some years a company operated on the Western Australian coast. It erected works at Point Cloates at a cost of £60,000 or £70,000, and at Albany at a cost of £19,000 or £20,000. It is proposed to renew the industry, which has been in abeyance during the last season or two. The chief competitor is Japan, and the value of imports from that country of recent years has been as follows: - 1913, £19,882; 1914-15, £22,814; 1915- 16, £45,618; 1916-17, £27,159; 1917-18, £51,092. The value of our exports of whale and fish oil are set out in the official statistics as follows: - 1913, £75,035; 1914-15, £197,380; 1915-16, £111,165; 1916-17, £32,668; while in 1917-18 the value of these exports dropped to £2,473. The industry is well worth encouraging, and I hope therefore that the Committee will agree to this item.

Item agreed to.

Item 229-

Oils in vessels exceeding 1 gallon -

(f)   (1) Turkey red oil, commercial oleic acid,tung and other vegetable paint oils, n.e.i., per gallon, British, (6d.; intermediate,8d. ; general,8d.







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