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Tuesday, 23 October 1956

Mr BEALE (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Supply) - I shall have this matter examined. My recollection is that Tasmanian coal, which it was at one time thought could be used at the Bell Bay works without being mixed with other coal, has proved to be not suitable for the furnaces. That, I think, is really the answer to the matter which the honorable member has in mind, namely, why more Tasmanian coal is not being consumed at the works. We would, of course, for obvious reasons, prefer to use Tasmanian coal. Only its suitability is in question and it is therefore being mixed with a larger proportion of coal from the mainland. However, I shall have the matter examined and let the honorable member know the result.

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