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Wednesday, 9 July 1930


Senator COOPER (Queensland) . - I do not wish to deal at lengthwith the bill at this late hour. I purposely refrained from speaking earlier- as I wished to hear the views of Western Australian senators on the subject which directly affects their State. The bill proposes something entirely new in federal finance. I think that I am justified in saying that any assistance granted to mining, whether gold or otherwise, can be placed in the category of extremely shaky finance. There are many mines in the other States of Australia that promise equally as good results so far as mineral contents are concerned, as the Wiluna mine. I should be only too pleased to acquiesce in granting assistance to a sound scheme to stimulate primary production in Western Australia.







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