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Thursday, 4 September 1902

Mr HENRY WILLIS (ROBERTSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I think that it is at least 35 per cent., and I regret "that the Government have not determined to agree to the request of the Senate to place these oils on the list of special exemptions.

Mr. CONROY(Werriwa).- I would like to supply an argument which the honorable member for Newcastle omitted to use. He forgot to tell the committee that it would be a good thing for the coal-mining industry if we offered up prayers- against the.- shining of -the -sun during the months of January and February, because, if that happened, so many more millions of tons of coalwould be required to warm the earth, and a corresponding increase of employment would be given to the miners of Newcastle and other places.

Motion agreed to.

Item 87. Cement .... percwt., 9d.

Request again made.- That the duty be 6d.

Motion (by Mr. Kingston) agreed to -

That the requested amendment be not made.

Item 136. Explosives, viz., ammunition and cartridges, n.e.i., free.

Request again made.- That the duty be 10 per cent. , ad valorem.

Motion (by Mr. Kingston) proposed -

That the amendment requested be not made.

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