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Wednesday, 7 July 1915

Senator McDOUGALL (New South Wales) . - I had a number of complaints to voice in respect of the nondelivery of letters at the front, but, as the Senate did not meet last week, I approached the Deputy Postmaster-General in New South Wales in respect of them, and he referred me to the Superintendent of Mails. That officer informed me that, in Egypt, fifty postal officials, who had enlisted for service at the front, had formed themselves into a post-office staff. He also told me* that a staff has been formed at the Barracks in Sydney, and that every morning this staff returns to the senders, letters which are improperly addressed. The position seems to be that no matter how the necessity for sufficiently addressing their correspondence is impressed upon the people, they will persist in wrongly addressing it. The staff formed in Egypt is composed of capable mail officers, who had enlisted for service. The cause of the complaint is the wrong or insufficient addressing of the letters.

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