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Thursday, 2 August 1906
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Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - In reply to the honorable and learned member, I shall be very glad to obtain a full answer to his question to-morrow. I may inform him that boys are not employed by the Department, except in cases of emergency. I believe that the conditions which resulted in their employment in the district to which the honorable and learned member specially refers has now been remedied. I will look into the matter and see if there are any special circumstances connected with it.

LETTER RATE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA. Mr. AUSTIN CHAPMAN. - Upon

Tuesday last the honorable member for Coolgardie asked the following questions : -

1.   What is the letter rate between adjacent towns, such as Kalgoorlie and Boulder, in Western Australia, per1/2 oz.

2.   Does that rate apply to Cue and Day Dawn, which are approximately the same distance apart as Kalgoorlie and Boulder ; and, if not, will he explain the reason why a higher rate is enforced on letters passing between Cue and Day Dawn?

The replies to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   The letter rate of postage per1/2oz.. between Kalgoorlie and Boulder is1d.

2.   The regulations provide that the limits within which the town (or1d.) rate of postage shall apply in the case of a city or town (other than the capital city of a State) shall be the area within a radius from the principal postoffice of the city or town of 1 mile for every 3,000 inhabitants of the city or town and its suburbs, &c. This rate does not apply between Cue and Day Dawn, because the distance between those towns is approximately 31/2 miles, and the population between 2,000 and 3,000 respectively. The distance between Kalgoorlie and Boulder, where the penny rate is said to have been in f orce since about 1896, is reported to be under 4 miles, while the population of the two places is approximately 17,000 and 13,000 respectively.







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