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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Upon arsenic the proposed rates of duty are 25 per cent. and 30 per cent. I understand that there have been several new developments regarding the mining of metal from which this product is obtained in Australia. At the Queensland State Government mine there is a large amount of accumulated stock which could not be sold. Some statistics concerning the total importations of arsenic would guide the Committee. Arsenic, I understand, is a key metal used in connexion with the manufacture of munitions and poisonous gases, and I would like to know whether these duties are sufficient in view of the accumulated stocks now lying at the Queensland State mine, and of the possible developments that have come under my personal knowledge in regard to the production of arsenic within Australia.

Senator Pearce - I cannot give the importations as they are all grouped together under " Chemicals, n.e.i.", which was the old subdivision. Arsenic is produced in ample quantities in Australia; in fact, we have been exporting it.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Are these duties sufficient?

Senator Pearce - I think they are.

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