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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - Even if, as Senator Pearce says,. Fuller's earth is only a by-product, there is no reason why we should not give this little additional encouragement to its production' here. The increased duty which I have proposed' amounts to only 9d.per cwt.

Senator Wilson - Who would have to pay that additional 9d. per cwt?

Senator SENIOR - The general public, I presume, so far as imports are concerned; but Fuller's earth can be manufactured here, and. put up at a very reasonable price, so that there is no reason why the imported article should be purchased. By encouraging its production here, we shall assist, not only those immediately associated with the industry, but those engaged in the production of containers and the printing of labels. The Minister suggests that I should not press my request.

Senator Pearce - The pre-war price of Fuller's earth was only 3s. per cwt.

Senator SENIOR - But we have not yet returned to pre-war prices. Why should we not give some little additional encouragement to those who are producing Fuller's earth, French chalk, and other relatively small preparations, as well as to those interested in large industries.

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