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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I should have thought that Senator Wilson and Senator Guthrie, who admit that they have had no experience in mining, would have paid more attention to the remarks made by Senator Henderson, who has been- connected with the industry for the whole of his life- time.

Senator Wilson - The explosives nowused were not known when Senator Henderson was a miner.

Senator DE LARGIE - But Senator Henderson lives in a mining town, and he knows all about what is going on. I can corroborate every word that Senator Henderson has said.

Senator Wilson - Had I not a right to make my own inquiries? I am not following any of you in this matter.

Senator DE LARGIE - Apparently, the honorable senator will not be guided by the experience of men who know.

Senator Wilson - I have been quoting the evidence of the very best authority' I could get, and this shows that tests made in England have proved that Australian explosives are perfectly safe.

Senator DE LARGIE - And I tell the honorable senator that an ounce of practical experience is worth a ton of this theoretical knowledge upon which, apparently, he relies.

Senator Wilson - But the honorable senator is quite out of date. It is thirty years since he or Senator Henderson were actively engaged in mining.

Senator DE LARGIE - At all events, this is a subject about which I know something, and I am surprised that Senator Wilson should be so presumptuous and dogmatic about the matter. Senator Henderson . and I have had a life-time experience in the occupation of a miner.

Senator Wilson - But it was a long time ago. You were lucky to get out of it.

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