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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - Senator Gardiner appears to hold the view that Fuller's earth is a byproduct of an industry that is already heavily protected. That is not so. I tried to induce the Committee to pass a request for a higher duty on kalsomine, which is made from kaolin, but I failed. The honorable senator was present when I spoke of the many things made out of our kaolin clays, but not one of the duties in respect of those products has been increased. Here is an opportunity to foster an industry which has an important bearing on, not only those engaged in the painting trade, but lithographers, paper makers, and druggists. My request is a very modest one, and while, if agreed to, it would not amount to the one-hundredth part of a farthing by way of additional taxation on every householder, it would give assistance to those who are carrying out the policy of "Australian products for Australians." Senator Gardiner, however, would have people in other countries producing all our requirements.

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