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Thursday, 1 August 1946


Mr HARRISON (Wentworth) . - I move -

That the definition of " coal " be left out.

The definition, as it stands, would leave it open to the Joint Coal Board to exercise control of the manufacture of coke by an undertaking such as Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited for use in its own works, or coke made by a gas company in the course of its operations. The inclusion of by-products and derivatives of coal in the definition would result in control being exercised in respect of numerous by-products such as. benzol. I do not know whether the Minister in charge of the bill (Mr. Dedman) desires that derivatives of that nature should be covered by this clause.


Mr Dedman - I do.


Mr HARRISON - Then the definition is likely to confer- on the board undue control over the large number of by-products of coal. In my opinion, the Government proposes to take an undue advantage of this bill in order to obtain complete control of industries that are not necessarily connected with coal-mining proper. This policy, if pursued, will grossly interfere with production. It is the first step towards the nationalization of industry.







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