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Tuesday, 26 June 1906


Mr JOHNSON (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to know from the Acting Postmaster-General if the allegation contained in the following statement, published in the Melbourne Argus on the 23rd inst., is true -

Contrary to the postal regulations, if not to the law, a political publication has been distributed through the Postal Department with the words, " On His Majesty's Service," printed on the covering wrapper in large type.

The paper,which has been brought under our notice, is entitled the " Dairy Farmer and Agricultural News," and the latest number was published on June 8. Letters of complaint which we have receivedfrom different parts of the State indicate that copies were specially addressed to all the farmers of the State. " But it is far from being a journal devoted to matters generally of interest to the primary producers. From cover to cover it is manifest that itis a political publication of the most partisan character. The articles, many of which are reprints, and especially the cartoons, are obviously designed to promote the interests of not only protection, but of prohibition. Practically the only break in the electioneering letterpress is a '" market report" hidden away in an odd corner, and most of the matter is in advocacy of the Anti-Trust Bill and of the exclusion of imported harvesters.

If that allegation is true, by whose authority was a private publication of the character referred to, bearing on its wrapper the words "On His Majesty's Service," accepted and transmitted through the post? What action does the Minister propose to take in regard to the matter?







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