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Tuesday, 31 August 1920

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - I was not aware of the facts stated; one usually has to go outside for statements of this kind. I do not pay much credence to the report. We are doing the best we can in the circumstances, and 30,000 tons of coal is on its way to Victoria. I hope that what is now happening will not be interrupted, because if the present supply continues the coal situation will soon be eased very materially.

Mr Fenton - Does your agent see that preference is given to Inter-State loading?

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - The purpose of his appointment is to see that overseas trade doesnot unduly interfere with trade between the States.

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