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Wednesday, 19 October 1910

Senator KEATING (TASMANIA) - I desire to ask the Minister if we are right in assuming from statements that have appeared in the press that it is the intention of the Government to introduce a Bill during the present session' dealing with postal rates which will cover the whole range of what, under the Post and Telegraph Act, are known as postal articles - not only letters, but newspapers, magazines, and all other mail matter. I wish to know if it is intended by that Bill to establish a uniform schedule of rates for the whole of the States, instead of the differentiating schedule at present in force?

Senator FINDLEY - I thought I answered the honorable senator's questionr in the reply I made to the question asked by Senator Givens. I said that it is intended that there shall be uniform rates of [postage, not only upon magazines, but upon all mail matter. There will not be a uniform rate of postage, but uniformity of rates on all mail matter. The Bill to be introduced at a later date will, I think, be comprehensive enough to satisfy every member of the Senate.

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