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Thursday, 11 June 1914

Senator MILLEN - The answer is -

The tests have not been completed. It should be noted that these will be practical tests in a ship of war at sea, and as many collieries have to be considered, the tests will necessarily occupy an extended period.

The reports will be made available in due course.

Senator MAUGHAN - Arising out of the answer given, can the Minister inform the Senate whether, in the case of Queensland, representations were made to every individual colliery owner to send supplies of coal for test purposes to the Department?

Senator MILLEN - I could not say that representations were made to every colliery owner, as some may have been overlooked; but I know that steps were taken to give publicity to the needs of the Navy in this matter, and from the northern States there have been received very many responses, which, with those received from the other States, are now being considered.

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