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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

Mr FOWLER (Perth) . - I should like to know whether the amendment would apply to spirits used, for instance, for the preservation of museum specimens? Some requests were made to the Commission by those in charge of museums that a concession should be granted in respect of spirits so used, and Icertainly think that the Minister ought to extend this concession to spirits for the preservation of such specimens intended, not necessarily for scientific investigation, but for the equipment of museums, and incidentally for the instruction, if not for the amusement of the people.

Sir William Lyne - I think that the amendment would apply to spirits so used. The preservation of certain things in spirits would be for scientific purposes.

Mr FOWLER - If my memory serves me correctly, the greater proportion of spirit required by public institutions,such as museums, is used for preserving specimens. If the Minister has any doubt on the point he ought to so extend the amendment as to embrace spirits used in museums.

Sir William Lyne - I think that the amendment will cover such spirits, but if it does not I shall be quite prepared to extend it to them.

Amendment agreed to.

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