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Wednesday, 25 November 1931

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - A number of O.S. stamps have been made available for sale to the public, and there are precedents for such action. In the Mandated Territory of New Guinea, O.S. stamps were recently issued to the public, although not by the Postmaster-General's Department. The reason for making available these stamps to the public is that all over the world there are stamp collectors who will get O.S. stamps by surreptitious means, and pay high prices for them, if such stamps are confined to the Public Service. That actually happened in New Guinea; stamps which _ were bought for 2d. each were sold for fi each. Moreover, it is known that certain Melbourne stamp dealers forged New Guinea O.S. stamps. It will not be necessary to forge these stamps. The free sale to the public will prevent that.

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