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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator McCOLL (Victoria) . - I think that Senator Barker was in error when he said that marble has hitherto been admitted free. It has always been subject to a duty of 10 per cent.

Senator Barker - Not unwrought marble.

Senator McCOLL - Yes. I know that in Gippsland and Walhalla there are mag- nificent deposits of marble which can be worked up splendidly, whilst throughout deposits of porphyry are to be found. These quarries cannot be worked unless some encouragement be afforded them. The duty of 10 per cent, upon marble is not a heavy one, and in my opinion we ought to retain it. The same remark is applicable to granite. At Gabo Island, and elsewhere, granite is to be found equal to anything in the world. Consequently we ought to adhere to the duty of 10 per cent, upon both these articles.

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