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Thursday, 2 August 1934


Dr Maloney (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) y asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   What is the cost of sending parcels of 2 lb. and 6 lb. weight respectively to Western Australia and Queensland?

2.   What is the cost of sending parcels of the same weight to the United States of America?

3.   What would be the cost of sending parcels of the same weight from New Zealand to any part of Australia?


Mr Archdale Parkhill - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The postage on a parcel weighing 2 lb. from Canberra to Queensland and Western Australia is1s.6d. and 2s. respectively. On a parcel weighing6 lb. the postage is 3s. 6d. and 5s. respectively.

2.   The postage on parcels of the same weight to the United States of America by direct route is1s.6d. and 3s. 6d. respectively.

3.   The postage on parcels of the same weight from New Zealand to Australia is1s. 2d. and 3s. 2d. respectively.

Use of Telephone by Burglars.


Dr Maloney y asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

In view of the many day-time burglaries where the robbers first telephone tosee if any one is in the building, will the Minister consider offering a prize for any invention that would defeat aburglar by giving any answer to a telephone call that the householder thinks necessary when he leaves his home?


Mr Archdale Parkhill - The matter has for some time past been receiving the attention of the department, but, in view of all the circumstances, it is not considered that any advantage would be gained by offering a prize, as suggested.

Tennis Courts, etc., in Federal Capital Territory.


Mr Perkins (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Interior) s. - The information is being obtained, and a reply will be furnished as soon as possible, in answer to a question by the honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward) as to the number of tennis courts, &c, in the Federal Capital Territory.

Riots on Gold-fields : Compensation to Foreigners.


Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Hashis attention been drawn to a paragraph in . the press of Western Australia on the 19th July,to the effect that the Government of Western Australia proposed to provide the material for the re-erection of the homes of foreigners which were destroyed during the riots on the gold-fields in January last, but did not intend to assist in the restoration of destroyed business premises?

2.   Has his attention been drawn to another paragraph on the 21st July, in the same press, to the effect that the Government had met its moral obligations as far as the finances of the State would permit, and that no money could be found by the State to pay full compensation to all who suffered losses during the disturbance?

3.   Under the circumstances, in order to see that justice is done, and to promote international good feeling, will the Prime Minister inquire into the possibility of the re-erection by the Commonwealth Government of the business premises which were destroyed, and the question of some compensation to the foreign business people concerned?


Mr Lyons s. - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes.

2.   Yes.

3.   The responsibility for the preservation of law and order, and, as a consequence, the liability for payment of compensation for loss sustained in cases of civil disturbance, are matters for the Government of Western Australia.

North-west Air Services.


Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   What will be the approximate time-table observed in the new contract for the north-west air service of Western Australia?

2.   Have arrangements been made for the aeroplane to call at Roebourne as at present; if so, what is the time and day of its arrival en route north, and the time and day of its arrival going south?


Mr Lyons s. - The answers to the honorable members questions are as follows : -

1.   The time-table to be observed under the new contract for the north-west air service has not yet been finalized. Further discussions have been held between the Controller of Civil Aviation and the managing director of the contracting company ( MacRobertson-Miller Aviation Company), and it is expected that an announcement of the time-table will be possible at an early date.

2.   The conditions of contract require regular calls at Roebourne on both northward and southward journeys, as hitherto under the old contract, and I know of no suggestion that this be altered. As indicated in my reply to the previous question, it is not possible yet to announce the times of arrival.







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