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Wednesday, 16 November 1938

Mr BERNARD CORSER - Recently I had occasion to make representations to the Postmaster-General for the provision of facilities for the sale of money orders in a small country town. I received to-day from the Deputy Director of Posts and Telegraphs in Brisbane the following reply :-

Referring to your representations under date 28th September in support of a request by Mr. H. Jeffryes, Gundiah, for the establishment of money order facilities at the local post office, the application has been investigated, but I regret it is not practicable to establish the desired facility at present. As you know, the present international situation makes it essential that a very large expenditure be immediately made available for Defence Department requirements. The result is that this and other departments must, for a time, limit expenditure to those things which are absolutely necessary to maintain existing essential services.

At a later date I hope it will be possible to review this proposal.

If what is contained in that letter is to be the policy of the Postal Department, is there to be a cessation of the provision in country districts of postal facilities and extended telephone service hours in towns which normally have small populations, but which, during any holiday season, will have increased populations?

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