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Thursday, 20 June 1946


Mr CHIFLEY - Open-cut mining and the opening of new coal seams that (an be worked by open-cut methods has been discussed in the last month or two between the Premier and the Minister for Mines of New' South' Wales and myself, the Minister for Supply and Shipping, the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction, the Minister for Works and Mousing and other Ministers. I understand from the report of the Mines Department of New South Wales that open-cut mining is capable of only limited production. I make it clear that a double shift has not been discussed, but we have discussed the rapidity with which open<;nt mining can be put into operation. Everything possible is to be done to obtain th « necessary plant, such as earth-moving machinery. In the early stages it was difficult to get machinery, but I understand that now there is a possibility of our getting it. I do not think any aspect mentioned by the honorable gentleman, with the exception of a double shift, has escaped attention, and action has been taken to expedite to the greatest possible, degree the work, including development nf the coal measures adjacent to Muswellbrook mentioned by the honorable gentleman. I shall have the matter of a double shift- examined to see whether some arrangement is possible in regard to that.







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