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Friday, 21 June 1946

Mr HOLT (FAWKNER, VICTORIA) - Has the Prime Minister read the announcement that, unless coal is. supplied to Victoria immediately, gas will be rationed, in Melbourne from Saturday or Sundayof this week-end? Is it. a fact, as reported, that the Prime Minister promised the Premier of. Victoria, Mr.Cain,that 65,000 tons of coal would be sent to- Victoria and that that quantity has not been supplied? Will the right honorable gentleman inform the House why the supplies have not been made available? In view of the grave position offuel supplies in Victoria, and the acute hardships to domesticandindustrial users to be expected from the failure of their supplies in mid-winter, will the Prime Minister give an assurance that immediate emergency steps will be taken torelievethesituation?

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