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Tuesday, 14 August 1906

Mr POYNTON asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Ishe awarethat the telegraph offices in

South Australia open and close half an hour earlier than in the principal Eastern States to synchronize the various times, and that Saturday closing at 5 30 p.m. was merely advancing the time in accordance therewith from the State closing time of 6 p.m.?

2.   Why is South Australia, where times were synchronized on all but one week day singled out for alteration, while other States in which no such synchronization exists, are left unaffected ?

3.   Does he not think that this invidious action against one particular State invites suspicion of factious motives ?

4.   As definite particulars of any inconvenience experienced under Stale regulations appear to be unobtainable, will he (pending the possible synchronization of times in other States) revert to the system which was adequate for all requirements and convenience prior to Commonwealth control ?

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