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Thursday, 10 June 1926

Senator THOMPSON (Queensland) . - I am unaware of the information which the Tariff Board had at its disposal; but, so far as I know, its members did not visit the marble deposits in Central Queensland, nor did they take evidence atRockhampton. I doubt whethersufficient evidence was available to the Board.

SenatorMcHUGH (South Australia) [5.0]. - Senator Thompson has made out a good case. He has referred to the marble deposits in Queensland ; but there are other deposits in different parts of Australia. At Angaston, about 30 miles from Adelaide, and also at Kapunda, in South Australia, there are deposits of very fine marble. Unfortunately, this industry has not developed in Australia to any great extent because of the competition from other countries. I do not pose as a judge of marble, but I can see very little difference between Angaston marble and Italian marble when dressed. As this industry is worth fostering, I hope that the committee will support the request moved by Senator Thompson. There is a big future ahead of this industry if given sufficient protection for its development. The result of granting additional duties now should be to make marble considerably cheaper in the future.

Request negatived.

Item agreed to.

Item 264 agreed to.

Item 269-

By omitting the whole of sub-item (d), and inserting in its stead the following sub-item: - " (d) Nicotine and Derris Spraying Preparations, British, free; intermemediate, free; general, free."

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