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Thursday, 20 June 1946

Mr ABBOTT (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the serious shortage of coal supplies throughout. Australia, with its deplorable effect on industry, transport and the generation of electricity for power and domestic use, will the Prime Minister take up with the Government of New SouthWales the following questions for joint action by the State Government and the Commonwealth Government in order to bring about a rapid increase of the production of coal : - 1. That double shifts be worked

Atall open-cut mines in New South Wales. 2. Immediate development of additional areas of open-cut working at Muswellbrook, Ben Bullen, and other suitable places, as recommended by Mr. Justice Davidson in his report on the coal-mining industry. Also is it not a fact that within two months of the start of stripping, operations at the Musswellbrook open-cut, production was 1,000 tons of coal a day ?

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