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Wednesday, 1 September 1920

Mr HUGHES - Inter-State vessels now have preference of loading. Daily a report is published in the press showing the state of affairs at Newcastle, and the number of cargoes available. It is generally admitted that the position has eased, and that the coal is coming to hand more rapidly than formerly. We cannot make coal available in small lots.; that would go far beyond the Commonwealth's powers. That is entirely a question for the States. We have no power to do what the honorable member suggests. The Commonwealth does not own the coal.

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