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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - I desire, by leave of the Senate, to make a statement on behalf of the Postmaster-General.

Leave granted.

Senator FINDLEY - On behalf of my colleague, I have pleasure in making the following statement: - Instructions have been issued to-day to all Deputy PostmastersGeneral that, from and including to-day, postage stamps now issued in the various States are to be valid for the prepayment of postage at all post-offices in the Commonwealth, so that from this date letters can be posted in any State, prepaid by the stamps of any other State, and State boundaries, therefore, no longer exist so far as postage stamps are concerned. Honorable senators will understand, of course, that this does not affect the rates of postage, which must of necessity be continued pending legislation.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould - I understand that that regulation operates from to-day?

Senator FINDLEY - Yes. I desire also to announce that, as a slight memento of the occasion; the Postmaster-General has issued instructions that every member of the Federal Parliament shall have a complete set of Australian stamps presented to him.

Senator McColl -I suppose that postcards are included?

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