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Wednesday, 29 June 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - In regard to the question raised by Senator Keating concerning postal institutes, I replied, partly by interjection, that one in New South Wales had been in existence for some time, as a vote for that purpose appeared in last year's Estimates. As to the future operations of the Department, the PostmasterGeneral (Mr. Wise), with whom I have communicated during the last few minutes, has sent me a memorandum to the effect that it is the intention of the Department to extend postal institutes as funds and circumstances will permit. Accommodation for this purpose has already been provided in the new postal buildings at Perth.

Senator Thomas'inquiry, as he himself admits, is one to which he, as a reasonable man, would not expect an answer to-night. Even if I furnished the reason which animated the Department in coming to the decision to which he has referred, I am not at all certain that it would prove sufficient and satisfactory to the honorable senator. The matters, however, to which he has referred will be submitted to the Department.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Divisions 147 to 151 (War Services), £304,000 .

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