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Wednesday, 11 August 1920

Mr HUGHES - Notice of a similar question has been handed to me by the honorable member for Corio (Mr. Lister. I have noticed in the press certain statements relating to the matter, and the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. Charlton) also made some reference to it on Friday last. I am to see the Premier of Victoria this afternoon in regard to the subject, but it might be well to make available at this stage some information that has been placed in my hands.

In the question to which I have referred, the honorable member for Corio asks if I am prepared to place an embargo on the export of coal. I answered a similar question a few days ago, when I said I thought it would be inadvisable to do so. There are so many interruptions going on in the Chamber that 1 shall not say anything further.

Sir Robert Best - I hope that we may have from the Prime Minister an answer to my question, which relates to a matter of the gravest public importance.

Mr HUGHES - I am not going to answer any more questions to-day.


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