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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I would point out to Senator Barker that the proposal to make marble dutiable at 10 per cent. will really remove an anomaly. That we have abundant natural deposits of marble in Australia cannot be denied. I have had the pleasure of seeing the finished article manufactured in Bathurst, New South Wales, and whilst I do not pose as an expert, I venture to say that the finished marble which is produced in the quarries of that State is in every respect equal to Cararra marble. It is essential that we should levy this duty of 10 per cent. if we desire to protect the workers who are employed in the industry. That Cararra and other marble is imported in the unwrought state cannot be denied. We need to impose a duty to stimulate local production from our natural deposits. Seeing that we have marble, which, when finished, is equal to any in the world, I cannot assist to remove the duty which has been placed upon it.

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