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Thursday, 27 April 1961

Mr HAROLD HOLT - I point out first to the honorable gentleman that the matter which he has raised is covered by an item on the notice-paper, arising from a statement made by my colleague, the PostmasterGeneral. That statement sets out very fully the reasons why this action has been found to be necessary. I think that any one who has given serious thought to the problem of determining an economical, effective and realistic rate for charges to be made by the Postmaster-General's Department will agree that the correct action has been taken.

In addition to reading this report, the honorable gentleman might take the opportunity to study a letter which was published in the Melbourne " Herald " on, I think, Thursday or Friday of last week over the name of Sir Alexander Fitzgerald, who was the chairman of the committee which thoroughly examined this matter. I believe that his reputation stands high with honorable members on both sides of this Parliament. His judgment and knowledge in these matters probably are unmatched in the Commonwealth. I commend what he has said to the honorable gentleman's careful study.

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