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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Mr DAVIDSON - The volume of letter-form mail to be carried by air as a result of the new policy adopted by the Government is a question to which the department has given particular attention since this decision was taken because it was realized that this would pose quite a problem for the services available. There have been conferences between the department and the airline operators. I am glad to be able to inform the honorable member that, as a result of the co-operation which the department has received, we are not expecting any very great difficulty in meeting the increased volume of letter mail going by air under present conditions, or in meeting the increased volume which we expect at Christmas time. Of course, as is the case every year, the volume of Christmas mail poses a very great problem to the department's resources and the department is, figuratively speaking, always flat out in dealing with it. Particular attention has been paid to the problem to which the honorable member has referred and my latest advice is that while there may be some slight delay there will not be any serious delay as a result of the increased volume.

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