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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - It is true that in Australia we have marble deposits which are equal to any in the world, and I know that we have very fine granite deposits. But the point which has been put to me is that Australian granite, after it has been exposed for a few years, " weathers," and somewhat decays. I am not particularly concerned about tombstones, but there are agood many people who think a great deal, of them. Why not let them enjoy their own, opinions in regard to them? But under this item a double burden will be imposed upon them. In the first place, it is proposed to include granite in sub-item (a), thus making it dutiable at 10 per cent. ; and in the second it is intended to subject wrought granite, which has hitherto been admitted free, to a duty of 40 per cent. Hitherto the duty upon wrought stone and marble has been 30 per cent., and I hope that it will not be increased to 40 per cent, which is altogether an extravagant duty.

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