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Thursday, 13 May 1920

Mr SPEAKER - Answers to questions may notbe debated. I would ask theright honorable gentlemannot to reply to a series of questions asked by way of interjection. Such a course involves the

House in an irregular debate. If honorable members desire additional information, the proper course is for them to rise in their places and ask for it.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - The honorable member for Franklin (Mr. Mcwilliams) has referred to a matter which is quite distinct from that with which I am now dealing. I shall make a more considered statement in the course of a day or two in regard to the whole subject. We shall be very glad to help the States, but I do not see why we should continue to take the sole responsibility for the distribution of the coal within the. States now that the shipping control has been released. I shall bring these matters under the notice of the Coal Board, and I hope sincerely that relief may soon be given. I know what it is to be pinched for firing in winter.

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