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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - I have absolutely no sympathy with the sentiments which have been expressed by Senator Walker. The idea that any person should desire to have only foreign granite for his headstone after he is dead is irresistibly funny. If people want that kind of luxury they should pay for it. I confess that it is a luxury which I cannot understand anybody enjoying. I should feel more comfortable if I took my last long sleep under a good old Australian gum tree than I would if I took it under the best Scottish granite. It appears to me that tombstones are absolutely a. luxury. They are quite unnecessary. In fact, they only make a person who is dead seem deader than ever. There are practically unlimited quantities of marble and granite in Australia to-day. In the Orange, Bathurst, and Molong districts granite is remarkably plentiful - so plentiful that the kerbing and guttering is done with it. Indeed, granite is broken up and used for metal on the roads there.

Senator McGregor - So it is in South Australia.

Senator RAE - If any duty is justifiable it is this one.

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