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Friday, 26 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Since these duties were imposed upon marble and granite there has been an almost universal protest from the monumental masons of Australia against the duty on that white marble which comes from Carrara, in Italy, and can be obtained nowhere else. Those of us who, some years ago, subscribed to have a bust of Sir William Lyne made, gave the work to an Australian sculptress with the instruction that preference should be given to material obtainable in our own continent. But as no suitable white marble was to be got in Australia, it had to be infported from the Carrara quarry. The pedestal, being of coloured marble, is of course, of Australian material. The bust when finished was placed in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library. The Australian monumental masons want to know why a duty is placed on a marble for which a substitute cannot be found in Australia.

Senator Payne - Even at two and a-half times the price.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If my facts are true - and I think they are - this marble ought to be placed on the free list.

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