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Thursday, 5 July 1906


Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - At the earliest possible moment a statement giving that, and whatever further information on the subject is desired, will be made to the House-


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Postmaster-General unable, or unwilling, to answer my question ? The giving of this information would not amount to a disclosure of the terms or conditions of the contract. I wish to know whether those with whom he is negotiating have been placed on the same terms as other Government tenderers, and an answer can be given to the question without any disclosures affecting the contract itself?


Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - A deposit has been made in accordance with the conditions of the tenders, but at the present time it is not considered advisable to give any definite information beyond what has already been afforded to honorable members. At the earliest possible moment a statement will be made, giving all information concerning the contract, but, at the present time, it is considered wise in the public interest not to give much of the information asked for. The tenders laid down certain conditions, which are. being observed. A partial deposit has been made, and, when a statement is given to the House, I think that the honorable member will consider it satisfactory. If he will look at the tender, he will see what is there provided for.







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