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Wednesday, 29 June 1921

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - I notice two items having to do with this Department, the first of which mentions a sum of £100, " New South Wales Postal Institute," and the other, £300, » Victorian Postal Institute." Some timeago, the. cx-Postmaster-General (Mr. Webster) established a Postal Institute in Melbourne. On several occasions subsequently I inquired whether the Government intended to confine- the novelty to this city, or to extend it to other capital cities. A similar institution is now in course of establishment in Sydney, and the item here appearing is the first, I think, which Parliament has been asked to approve for that work.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - No; the first grant was authorized last year-

Senator KEATING - Is' it- intended to confer the privilege of possessing Postal Institutes to other cities and country centres? If only employees in the larger capitals are to be benefited in this manner, the question will arise whether some system of interchange should not be established, so that officials in the country may serve a term at headquarters in order that they, too, may. avail themselves of the establishment of Postal Institutes.

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