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Thursday, 13 May 1915

Senator GARDINER (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The answers to the questions are -

1.   The Department of Defence advises that letters, &c, for members of the Australian Imperial Forces should be addressed as heretofore to Egypt, where arrangements have been made by the Officer Commanding Intermediate Base Depot, to have same delivered as expeditiously as possible.

2.   Yes - except in regard to letters.

3.   The Postmaster-General has entered into an agreement with the Egyptian Administration under which the United Kingdom rates now apply to newspapers addressed to members of the Australian Imperial Forces in Egypt, and is considering an adjustment to permit of parcels so addressed being transmitted at the rates charged on parcels addressed to the United Kingdom.

Senator KEATING - Am I to understand from the answer that as to letters the same rate applies to Egypt as would apply in the case of the United Kingdom?

Senator GARDINER - That is what I understand from the reply.

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