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Wednesday, 18 May 1960

Mr JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) - I address my question to the Acting Prime Minister. Has the Joint Coal Board power to provide funds for harbour and stevedoring facilities which are necessary to develop the coal export trade? Is it true that the Minister for National Development, who is in charge of the Joint Coal Board, has been attacking the Government of New South Wales for not providing sufficient funds to improve the harbour facilities at Newcastle and Port Kembla, in an attempt to cover up the Commonwealth Government's failure to assist with this essential national development? Will the Government, instead of playing politics, use the statutory powers which were conferred on it by the Joint Coal Board agreement to make sufficient money available to develop Newcastle and Port Kembla harbours so that our coal export trade may be increased?

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