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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .-. Senator Duncan'srequest would, I think, have met with more favour if it had not been shown that a very determined effort is being made in Australia to meet a difficulty that has' prevailed in the painting trade for many years. I desire to refer to one effort in this direction, and not only in connexion with zinc oxide. For the first time in the history of Australia, a company which carries on operations at Risdon, on the banks of the Derwent, near Hobart, have solved the problem of producing a snow-white paint which retains its whiteness longer than does white lead paint, and is absolutely harmless. The plant for the production of this paint has been considerably extended, and I am given to understand that in a short time the company will be able to supply it in such quantities as may lead to the practical disappearance of white lead paint.

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