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Thursday, 5 October 1911


The PRESIDENT - Order !


Senator READY - I must not refer to that matter; but I can say that I believe it will be found, at any rate, that the Government will have to face very heavy new expenditure in the near future, on account of the Postal Department. Consequently, £40,000 is not to be lightly thrown away just because an honorable senator sitting on the Opposition benches desires to make a name for himself, and to gain a certain amount of political capital by standing forth as the champion of the people of the back-blocks. All of us are willing to do whatever we can for those who live in the remote regions of this country. But I do not think that it is judicious - in fact, it is silly - for any member of Parliament to try to make political capital by submitting a motion which leaves it to be inferred that the present Administration is not doing its duty towards those who do not possess the same facilities as do those who live close to railway lines. I trust that Senator Rae's amendment will be carried, and that we shall thus affirm the principle that the present Government has manfully tackled the great difficulties that it has had to face in connexion with the Post and Telegraph Department since it assumed control.







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