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Thursday, 13 April 1961

Mr JAMES (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Treasurer: In view of the Government's reported intention to reduce the excise duty on export coal by Sd. per ton, will he consider calling a conference of representatives of coalexporting nations so that a common agreement may be reached, whereby a uniform tax on coal may be imposed so that buyers cannot intensify the price-cutting war among the producers which, if permitted to continue, must ultimately affect the overall working conditions of the men employed in the industry?

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