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Wednesday, 27 May 1914

Senator McCOLL (VICTORIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - To-day I received from the Postal Department a reply, which reads -

Replying to your note regarding a telegram which appeared in the Age of the 21st instant purporting to contain remarks by Mr. Justice Dobbie, of Tasmania, warning people against using postal-notes, as they were unsafe, I have endeavoured to ascertain the exact words mads use of bythe Judge, but have been unable to obtain any authoritative statement on the subject, although I am given to understand that the report in the local paper (the Daily Post) is substantially correct. According to this, the words used by the Judge were, " I never would use a postal-note myself. It is by no means a safe form of transmissionof money."

2.   Ofcourse, thesafest and best way of sending small remittances by post is by money order. This is specially notified to the public in our Postal Guide.

3.   So far as postal-notes are concerned, however, special provision has been made by . the Department to safeguard the public in their use by providing that the name of the payee and the office at which the note is to e paid may be filled in by the sender, and requiring that the payee must receipt the note before it is cashed by the Department. Provision is also made that a postal-note may be crossed, like a cheque, when it can be paid only through a bank. Further than that, even if the spaces for the name of the payee and of the paying officer are not filled in, the person by whom the postal-note is presented for payment is required to duly receipt it.

4.   So far, therefore, from postal-notes being unsafe, it will be seen from the foregoing that special opportunities are afforded to the public for safeguarding themselves in connexion with their use.

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