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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I recognise Senator Gardiner's very reasonable desire to arrive at a compromise, but having made such an excellent start, he should go a little further. It may come as a revelation to the honorable senator when I tell him that I have seen correspondence from officials of the South Australian Railway Department, and one of the responsible officers of the Tramways Trust in Adelaide, showing that they had obtained samples of Australian-made varnish, and, without intimating to the manufacturers what they were doing, had tested the article in their workshops, first, with regard to its appearance, and then as to its utility in service. The opinion they formed was that the Australian varnish was equal to the best imported article.

Senator Gardiner - For their work, which is ordinary work.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I imagine that, for railway and tramway work, a very good varnish that would provide a fine finish and harden well would be required. Seeing that the duty on linseed oil has been raised 50 cent., from 6d. to 9d., and the duty on other ingredients in varnish manufacture has been raised, 15 per cent, cannot be regarded as an effective measure of protection for this industry. For that reason I ask the Committee to support my motion.

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