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Thursday, 19 August 1920

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - The Government in appointing an Administrator hopes that he will exercise the discretion which he will possess in making the best arrangements for the trade. No arbitrary distinction is to be drawn between one kind. of. coal from one colliery and another kind of coal from another colliery. The Administrator will look at matters broadly, and in the interests of. both the local and oversea trade will make such dispositions as may best overcome the difficulty that has arisen. I hope that he may be able to build up our coal stocks here without seriously interfering with trade oversea. My remarks yesterday merely indicated the broad general policy that is to be followed, which may be modified as circumstances may require.

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