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Wednesday, 25 February 1942

Mr BEASLEY (WEST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Supply and Development) - The honorable member for Moreton raised this matter on a previous occasion, and I should like him to know that the subject was exhaustively debated at the recent Premiers Conference. In addition, the Government has discussed the problem with the representatives of the miners. The Queensland delegate attended that meeting in

Canberra, and many points were placed before Mr. Mighell, who has charge of this matter. Mr. Mighell has been responsible for the greater use of Queensland coal during the last six weeks, and we are hoping to improve upon that position.

Mr Francis - What quantity has been used?

Mr BEASLEY - I cannot make public that information, but the coal is being used by the New South Wales Railways on the northern run. I remind the honorable member that the transport of Queensland coal to other States is a shipping problem. We are doing the best that we can, in the circumstances, to overcome the difficulty, and we hope to make the best use possible of the collieries in Queensland.

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