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Wednesday, 24 October 1956

Mr COSTA (BANKS, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask a question of the Postmaster-General. During 1955 I asked him a question regarding the serious congestion in the mail branch at the General Post Office, Sydney, caused by lack of sufficient space. The Minister said at that time that in order to cope with the situation, which, he agreed, becomes more acute each year, the Government had acquired a large block of land at Redfern for the purpose of erecting a modern building for the mail branch, which would cost about £4.000,000. I now ask the Postmaster-General whether it is intended to proceed with this necessary project. Has the purchase of an old factory building in Hiles-street, Redfern, for £115,000 anything to do with the delay in the erection of a new building for the

Sydney mail branch? Will the PostmasterGeneral tell us the present position in regard to this important matter?

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