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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - It is intended to put unwrought granite in sub-item a, so that it shall pay a duty of 10 per cent. I do not know why the alteration should be made. When a previous attempt was made in this direction, a petition, signed by pretty well every monumental mason and marble worker in Australia, was presented to Parliament against it. I am told by those who are interested in the item that unwrought granite is used simply for monumental purposes, and that it cannot be worked here in the same way as it can be worked in other places. Judging from the petition presented previously, and the number of signatures which it contained, it would appear that the whole of the trade throughout the Commonwealth is opposed to the imposition of a duty. I move -

That theHouse of Representatives be requested to amend the item by leaving out the words " By inserting in sub-item (a) after the word " Marble " the words " and Granite."

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