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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) .- I move-

That the request be not pressed.

It has been stated that in South Australia there are two distinct deposits of white marble, and it is affirmed that it is suitable for statuary purposes. Apart from the desire to encourage the use of our own materials, it is extremely difficult to determine if marble is imported for statuary or other purposes, and, as the duties are fixed on a low scale, I suggest that it is not worth while dividing the item, and multiplying the administrative work of the Customs Department without any corresponding advantage in the way of revenue.

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