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Tuesday, 29 November 1960

Mr JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) - I address a question to the Prime Minister. Does the Coal Conservation Fund contain more than £1,000,000, and was the fund created by a levy imposed on consumers of coal mined in the Maitland district? Does the relevant act providethat if these moneys are not used for conservation they must be used to assist the. industry in the district in which the coal was mined? If these moneys are not to be used for coal conservation, then, having in mind that the fund will cease to operate in 1962, will the Prime Minister confer with the Premier of New South Wales and suggest that the Commonwealth Minister for National Development and the New South Wales Minister for Mines meet and discuss the advisability of using the moneys for the development of coal-handling facilities and deepening the channel through the harbour bar in the port of Newcastle, thus making it easier for Maitland coal to compete in overseas markets?

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