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Friday, 19 July 1946

Mr Archie Cameron n asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General,. upon notice -

1.   What rates are charged for wireless messages between shore and ship by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited?

2.   How do those charges compare with other countries?

3.   What fees are paid by the department to that company for wireless rights to islands or places tinder Commonwealth control?

4.   How do charges to such places compare with post-office rates?

Mr Calwell - The PostmasterGeneral has supplied the following answers : -


2.   The rates as quoted in No. 1 compare favorably with those applying in other countries. For example, the charges imposed in Great Britain for corresponding telegrams range from6½. to1s. (sterling) per word, according to the location of the coast station through which the message is transmitted, and the classification and nationality of the ship.

3.   No fees are paid to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited by the PostmasterGeneral's Department in respect of the operation by the department of wireless telegraph or telephone services with islands or places under Commonwealth control.

4.   The charges for messages transmitted overthe wireless services referred to in No. 3 are the same as those prescribed in the Post and Telegraph Rates Act 1902-1940 tor telegrams forwarded over the internal telegraph system of the Commonwealth.

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