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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr FLEMING (Robertson) .- I wish to draw the attention of the PostmasterGeneral (Mr. Wise), and also that of the Acting Treasurer (Sir Joseph Cook) to a matter of urgent importance, since if it be allowed to stand over until we resume, it may then be too late to take action. The drought in . New South Wales to-day is so serious that I fear that unless some encouragement is given mail contractors to continue their work, quite a number of small country services will be discontinued. The hardships and sufferings of the people in the droughtstricken areas, great as they are, will be much increased if they are deprived of the ordinary mail conveniences. I assure the Acting Treasurer and the PostmasterGeneral that unless something is done immediately to assist small mail contractors throughout New South Wales, they will find it almost impossible to carry on.

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