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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I am sorry that the Minister is opposing my request, because I am informed that there are certain varnishes for the manufacture of which tung oil must be imported, whatever the cost. I have no desire to injure the linseed oil industry, but I am told that tung oil must be imported, and that it will not come into competition with linseed oil in the manufacture of varnish. Perhaps the 1 Minister can inform me whether tung oil is necessary for the manufacture of certain varnishes?

Senator Pearce - I do not know of anything for which varnish made fromlinseed oil cannot be used.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If it is just as well' to use linseed oil in the manufacture of varnish, I wonder why. it is not- used by the people who say they must use tung oil. ' I understand that the manufacturers who say they must have tung oil for their varnish are building up an export, trade, and, if so, it will be impossible for them to compete outside with makers of varnish who can obtain tung oil free. I believe that the Government are prepared to make arrangements for a rebate on *ports, but that means only that our own people will have to pay more for these oils than will people outside. It may; be assumed that I have viewed the question as a Free Trader, but Senator Senior, who admits the fairness of my request, is nob a Free Trader, and has given many votes on Protective lines. I hope1 that the Committee will support my request.

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