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Wednesday, 7 July 1915

Senator O'KEEFE (Tasmania) . - With regard to* the non-delivery of mails, a case has been brought under my notice where Colonel Cameron, who was well known in the Senate until very recently, wrote a letter to the mother of a private who happens to be his orderly. In the letter, which has been published, Colonel Cameron told the mother that he was very sorry to hear from her son, whom he eulogized for his work' as orderly, that no letters had reached him, although he left here in February, and he felt sure that the mother and sisters had written to him. He said, "I am now telling him that if you address his letters to care of me, he will be sure to get them without delay." If officers may get letters without any delay, it " seems strange to me that privates cannot have that privilege. We must, of course, make great allowance for the many difficulties in the way of insuring quick delivery. Is it not advisable that it should be made known publicly to the relatives of the soldiers at the front that if they . address any letters to care of the Defence Department at Melbourne, a properly organized staff will see that they are forwarded to the right places? Senator McDougall has said that he was told by the Deputy Postmaster-General at Sydney that the reason for the non-delivery of so many letters is that they are wrongly addressed. If those who write the letters do not know the correct address, how are they to address them properly? If my suggestion were adopted by the Minister, it might do away with very many of the complaints that are now made.

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