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Tuesday, 24 July 1906

Debate resumed from 18th July (vide page 1457), on motion by Mr. Austin Chapman -

That this House approves the agreement made and entered into on the 7th day of July, 1906, between the Postmaster-General, in and for the Commonwealth, and Sir James Laing and Sons, Limited, for the carriage of mails between Adelaide and Brindisi.

Upon which Mr. Thomas had moved, by way of amendment -

That all the words after the word "House" be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words, " is of opinion that, in the best interests of the Commonwealth, the Government should purchase and control a fleet of mail steamers capable of maintaining a fortnightly mail service between Australia and Great Britain."

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