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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) . - I hope the Committee will persist in its request. The quantity of marble involved is very small. Very little white marble is required for statuary purposes in Australia, so why should not Australia have the best the world can produce for this purpose? Senator Senior claims that South Australia produces a marble equal to the very best in the world, and he has submitted, in support of his allegation, several specimens. I have had a look at them, and, without professing to be an expert, I can say that they appear to be nice and white; but I would describe them as " coarse white quartz." I have seen granite polished beautifully, but no one would dream of calling it marble, although I have known it to be sold as marble. I do not doubt that the producers of the article in South Australia have induced Senator Senior to invest in it as marble. Many other men with as rauch technical knowledge and experience as he possesses have probably been taken down in the same way. 1 have- a small knowledge of quartz, having had some technical training in the Adelaide University, and on appearance, without test, these specimens look very like quartz. Even if they be marble, it is not of the same quality as Carrara marble. It is not the class of marble that would be used for art purposes. Why should the Committee not encourage the use of the very best materials for educational purposes? We hope that what our workers in marble produce will be equal to the very best in the world. Then why not encourage them to use the best material the world can offer by giving it to them free of duty ?

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