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Thursday, 15 April 1915

Senator RUSSELL - The answer is -

It is presumed that the honorable senator's question has reference to the tenders which were invited in October last for the supply of 14,000 tons of coal for delivery at Fremantle. I have been advised by the Engineer- in-Chief for Commonwealth Railways that the coal in question was required for storage and general stand-by, and that Collie coal is not suitable for storage purposes. It is fully intended to use Collie coal wherever practicable and wherever regarded as being suitable by the Departmental experts. I may mention that the Western Australian Government imports from New South Wales about one-third of its coal requirements.

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