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Wednesday, 7 December 1927

Senator CRAWFORD (QueenslandHonorary Minister) . - I am unable to inform Senator Thomas of the future policy of the Government with respect to mail contracts. The points raised by the honorable senator have not been overlooked by the department. The mail contract, which may be terminated by twelve months' notice on either side, is for a lump sum of £130,000 a year. The contract does not show how the amount is apportioned between the carriage of mails and the provision of refrigerated space.

Senator HerbertHays and Senator Payne are aware that the Treasurer stated in his budget speech that the remuneration of the officers in control of non-official post offices would be increased by the expenditure of an additional £80,000 a year. I will see that the honorable senators' further representations are brought under the notice of the Postmaster-General.

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