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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

For many years some 7,800 tons of southern coal is freighted to Newcastle by sea from Port Kembla to the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited works. This coal is required by the company to blend with Newcastle coals for the manufacture of special furnace coke.

That statement utterly disproves the honorable senator's contention that coal had to be sent from Newcastle to Port Kembla because of industrial trouble on the south-coast coal-field. The Australian Iron and Steel Company Limited is a subsidiary of the Broken Hill Proprietary 'Company Limited and Mr. Mighell's report shows conclusively that the transfer of coal between the northern and the southern coal-fields is an internal arrangement 'between branches of the one large concern.

Senator McBride - I said and still say that the coal could be produced on the South Coast.

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