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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.

The duties originally fixed by another place were 25 per cent., 25 per cent., and 35 per cent, respectively. The Senate requested another place to reduce the rates on arsenate of lead to 10 per cent., 15 per cent., and 20 per cent. Arsenic, which is the material principally used in arsenate of lead, has been made dutiable by both Houses at 25 per cent., 25 per cent., and 35 per cent., and it appears to be an amomaly to place a. higher duty on the raw material than that proposed on the manufactured article. For that reason I ask the Committee to support the motion I have submitted. The production of arsenate of lead has madeconsiderable strides during and since the war period. It is said by Customs officers that the local manufacturers are now in a position to supply the Australian requirements, and are doing so at a price lower than that charged for the imported article.

Senator Senior - Arsenate of lead is used as an insecticide by fruit-growers, and that is why the duty is lower.

Senator Duncan - How many local manufacturers of arsenate of lead are there?

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am informed that there are three in Victoria and one in South Australia respecting whom the State Government officials have given certificates as to the efficacy of their product. There are, I believe, some also in Queensland.

Senator Reid - Tons of ore for the manufacture of the article are turned out there. The mine has had to be closed because there is not a sufficient demand for the raw material.

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