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Thursday, 18 February 1932

Mr JAMES (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the fact that the coal-mining industry is in a languishing state, due to the development of power by other means than the combustion of coal, and that Messrs. Lyons Bros. of Wallsend, have proved that they are able to extract oil from coal on a commercial basis, will the Prime Minister follow the example of the New SouthWales Government, and make £10,000 available to Messrs. Lyons Bros. to assist them to place this industry on a sound basis? Messrs. Lyons Bros. could, in such circumstances, guarantee immediate employment to 30 men, and they would undertake to employ another 200 men in the course of six months.

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