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Friday, 15 December 1905


Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - I am not aware that any of them are engaged in that employment. If the honorable member will give me fuller particulars, I shall be pleased to make inquiries on the subject.


Mr HENRY WILLIS - Is it a fact that the postal officials of the Commonwealth collect money in payment of purchases made from tradespeople, and sent through the post?


Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - No doubt the honorable member refers to what is known as the value parcels post, which was instituted by the honorable member for Macquarie, under which postmen collect payment on certain parcels.


Mr HENRY WILLIS - Is the PostmasterGeneral aware that the tradespeople in country districts find1 this system of debt-collecting by the postal officials a great hardship, because, to their injury, ft centralizes trade in the cities? Will he, therefore, consider the advisability df rescinding the regulation which empowers postal officials to collect debts?


Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - If the honorable member wishes to know anything further on the subject, I think he should apply to the honorable member for Macquarie.







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