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Tuesday, 10 November 1959

Mr LINDSAY (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - Is the PostmasterGeneral aware that to send a parcel of small books, weighing 3i lb., only 24 miles to Melbourne by post costs 4s. 2d.? Is he aware that a man carrying these books to Melbourne, and probably weighing 170 lb., can deliver them and return to his place of departure for only 3s. lOd. by train, and that a parcel of church books costs 7s. 5d. to send by post and ls. 9d. by rail? Is he aware, further, that through no fault of their own, postal officials come under severe criticism in these circumstances? Will he inform me whether postal charges are likely to be reviewed before revenue falls, as it must in these circumstances, or will he advocate that the railway should charge a fare of £10 2s. Id. to convey a 170 lb. man 24 miles? This would make the railway fare proportionate to the postal charge, although the railway provides a quicker service.

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