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Wednesday, 14 October 1914

Mr SPENCE - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

The loss on the telegraph service, as shown by the last balance-sheet of the Department, was £164,108 8s., for the year ended 30th June, 1013. The question of how this loss is to be made up is now receiving my attention, and the question of fixing a uniform rate for the whole of the Commonwealth, irrespective of State boundaries, will receive full consideration; but, in view of the loss to whichI have referred, there is no prospect of the minimum charge for a telegram from one State to another being less than it is at present.

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