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Wednesday, 7 July 1915

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - Before the Minister replies to Senator Maughan's complaint in regard to the unsatisfactory delivery of letters, I wish to ask him whether he is free to give the Senate some particulars of the duties which, according to press reports, are to be undertaken by Mr. Keith Murdoch. The newspapers have announced that that gentleman has been deputed to inquire into the lack of postal facilities experienced by our troops at the front. I do not doubt in any way Mr. Murdoch's capacity for the work. In my opinion, he is well qualified to undertake it. But I desire to know whether his duties will commence in Australia, and whether he will follow our postal system from its source to the actual distribution of the letters at the front? Nothing is causing greater irritation - and, in many hstances, greater pain - to people in 011 midst, than the knowledge that letters and newspapers despatched by them to their friends at the fronts are not being delivered. Anything that the Minister can do to terminate such an unsatisfactory state of affairs will be warmly welcomed. Will the honorable gentleman tell us what is the exact scope of Mr. Murdoch's duties?

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