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Tuesday, 8 June 1926

Senator GRAHAM (Western Australia) . - I had not intended to speak upon this item; but I feel it necessary to say a word or two to explain my stand in connexion with the schedule as a whole. I gather from the Minister's remarks that the reduction proposed by Senator Needham will not materially affect the cost of road-making machinery, such as scarifiers, road rollers, scoops, and cement mixers. Western Australia is as much in need of good roads as any other State, and in my opinion concrete roads should, where possible, be laid down. Senator Millen referred to mining as a primary industry, and to the duties on mining machinery. He added that the proposed tariff was not calculated to assist that industry. I may state, for the honorable senator's edification, that the Government which he supports, by its action in placing an embargo upon gold export during the war period, is responsible for the present position of the mining industry in Western Australia.

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Newlands). Order! The honorable senator is going beyond the item now before the committee.

Senator GRAHAM - You allowed other honorable senators to refer to the duties on mining machinery, Mr Chairman, so you should not prevent me from replying on similar lines.

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