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Thursday, 19 August 1920

Mr WATKINS (NEWCASTLE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Treasurer stated yesterday that the Borehole seam coal at Newcastle was to be reserved for the export trade, but I ask that, before hard and fast arrangements are made, recognition may be given to the fact that some of that coal is now used for bunkering the mail boats, and that a certain quantity of it is mixed with Maitland coalforspecific purposes. I have no objection, on general grounds, to the arrangement of which the Minister spoke yesterday, but I do not wish to see the ordinary trade interfered with.

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