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Friday, 15 December 1905


Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should like to know when the value parcels post was first brought into general operation, and the extent to which it has hitherto been availed of in various States. It would be interesting to know how far the business of. country storekeepers is being affected by it.


Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - P shall te very pleased to furnish the information. The system is one which enables people in: the country to purchase goods in the city and have them sent to their homes by post,, the postman collecting the money payable on (he goods.


Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The system has been in operation in Queensland for several years.


Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - lt was introduced under the Commonwealth control1 by the honorable member when he occupied the position of Postmaster- General,, and I believe that he received a deputation of storekeepers who represented that thescheme was operating to their disadvantage.







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