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Friday, 2 December 1927

Senator ANDREW (VICTORIA) asked the Leader of the Government in the Senate,upon notice -

1.   Ishe aware whether one of Australia's greatest industries - gold mining - is now waning and liable to become totally extinct, owing to the increased cost of production through the tariff, and the improved working conditions in the industry, whilst at the same time it is not possible for the extra cost to be passed on?

2.   Will the Government permit representatives of the industry to state their case to the Tariff Board with a view to obtaining Government assistance by way of bounty or a bonus?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The reply to the honorable senator's questions is as follow: -

1.   It is understood that the gold-mining industry is suffering from severe depression.

2.   The Government does not propose to refer the question of a bounty on gold to the Tariff Board. The Development and Migration Commission is now preparing its report on its investigations into the basic economics of the gold-mining industry in Australia.

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