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Wednesday, 24 June 1914

Senator CLEMONS - I have noticed the matters to which the honorable senator has referred, and also that the proposal to increase freights is largely on those lines of communication between Tasmaniaand the mainland which are not covered by any mail contract. I cannot say whether any overtures have been made by the company, but have no hesitation in assuring the Senate that, so far as I have anything to do with the mail contract, in no circumstances whatever will it be broken. One of the most important conditions of the contract was that there should be no increase in fares or freights during its continuance without the consent of the Postmaster-General. I cannot pledge the Postmaster-General, but am prepared to pledge myself, for all that I can do, and any influence that I can bring to bear, to see that no alteration is made with my consent.

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