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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) .- I really think the Senate ought to give some consideration to the humane proposal of Senator Duncan. At this time of day no one will question that the continuous use of white lead paint is unhealthy, and that zinc white is an efficient substitute. Senator Duncan is endeavouring to give preference to zinc white by making it really the cheaper paint; and if he succeeds that will bring zinc white into more general use. The trade unions interested have been giving considerable attention to the question of the use of this poisonous substance, which for many years has made sad inroads on their membership. With increasing intelligence, they are determined to prevent, as far as possible, the use of such substances ; and on that ground alone I shall be found supporting Senator Duncan. I think this Chamber should give its first attention to the health of the people it represents.

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