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Wednesday, 21 July 1915


Senator MULLAN (QUEENSLAND) - I direct the- attention of the Minister representing the Postmaster-General to the following paragraph which appeared in the Age of yesterday: -

A mother was recently called upon to pay 5s. for the delivery to her of a telegram from the Defence Department notifying her that her son had been wounded in action. The postal authorities have taken steps, on the advice of the Defence Department, to avoid a repetition of such a scandal by perpetrating another. In future, telegrams relating to wounded soldiers will be held back until the usual delivery by mail, if any amount over and above the cost of the telegram is involved for porterage. Mothers who have Bent their sons to fight the Empire's battles thousands of miles away will not appreciate the humanity of such economy.







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