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Thursday, 23 November 1911


Senator CHATAWAY asked the Min ister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the press rates by tne Pacific Cable Service, after the rst January proximo, will be reduced from is. to 4½d. per word?

2.   What loss, if any, is it expected that this reduction will cause, and what amount of such loss will Australia have to make good?

3.   Under the circumstances, does the Government propose to ask the Independent Cable Service, which is subsidized by the Commonwealth -

(a)   To reduce its charges to the country newspapers ; or

(b)   To increase the number of words it re ceives each week ; or

(c)   To accept a lower subsidy in order to recoup the above Commonwealth loss?


Senator FINDLEY - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are -

1.   A proposal has been put forward, and concurred in by the Commonwealth Government, for a reduction from9d. to 4½d. per word on press telegrams with the United Kingdom, subject to a delay of twelve hours.

2.   The direct loss toAustralia by the reduction of its terminal rate is estimated at £770 per annum if, say, 50 per cent, of the business were affected by the arrangement.

3.   No.


Senator CHATAWAY - Arising out of the Minister's answer, I should like to ask him to give a distinct reply to my first question. I do not think that the departmental answer touches the point. I asked whether it is a fact that press rates from 1st January next will be reduced from9d. to 4½d. per word.


Senator FINDLEY - I think the answer is clear. It is that a proposal has been put forward, and concurred in by the Commonwealth Government, for a reduction from9d. to 4½d. on press cable messages from the United Kingdom, subject to a delay of twelve hours.







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