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Thursday, 26 August 1920


Mr RICHARD FOSTER (Wakefield) . - I wish to thank the PostmasterGeneral (Mr. Wise) for the splendid statement he has made to the House. Honorable members opposite may not agree with me, but I know what I am talking about, since I represent some of the " wayback" stations of South Australia, and know as much about the necessities of the far interior of my State as does any honorable member of this Parliament.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the honorable member been obtaining any postal or telephone facilities for his electorate?


Mr RICHARD FOSTER - I have been obtaining all that I could expect, having regard to the present financial position. The statement made by the Postmaster-General to-day will be accepted by my constituents away back as the best they have read for many a long day. We cannot possibly have these facilities, particularly in the cases that are dependent upon materials which are unprocurable, all at once; but we are assured that a very definite step forward has been taken, and that, if not within a few weeks, at any rate within a very few months, a great many of the works that have been promised for a long time will be put in hand. We in South Australia are greatly indebted to the Deputy Postmaster-General there. His work is highly appreciated by the people, particularly in the country, and I am satisfied that when my constituents read the Postmaster-General's statement of to-day they will be very delighted over it.







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