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Wednesday, 1 September 1920

Mr CHARLTON (Hunter) .- I have just received a wire from Mr. Watkins to this effect -

Rigid administration of embargo on export of Maitland coal affecting market for Teralba and Borehole seam mines where mixed cargoes are required. Ask for repatriation for mixed cargoes.

That means that while we are endeavouring to keep the boats moving, with which every one agrees, wo are getting Maitland coal all the time for the Inter-State trade. The foreign trade will not take coal from the Teralba seam, which is inferior coal, and is sold at 13a. per ton as against 17s. 9d. for the Maitland coal. Users of coal will, however, take the Teralba coal if it is mixed with the Maitland coal in the proportions of. one-third Maitland to two-thirds Teralba coal. If the present conditions are continued, and they can get no Maitland coal, they will not take the other coal, and the Teralba and Borehole mines willbe left idle. I bring the matter under the notice of the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes), in the hope that he will take steps to prevent what is at present going on in the trade. In many parts of Australia Teralba coal mixed with Maitland coal has been used in the past. I hope that the Prime Minister will undertake to look into the matter, and see what can be done.

Mr Hughes -Very good, I shall look into it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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