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Wednesday, 7 March 1928


Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) [3.6]. - On the loth December last Senator Sampson asked the following question: -

With reference to the statement made by the Leader of the Government in the Senate on the 13th instant with regard to Tasmanian shipping communications, will the right honorable gentleman say whether it is the' intention of the Government, irrespective of the state of the tide and weather conditions, to make it obligatory that the vessels of the shipping company carrying out the proposed new mail contract shall make their terminus a point on the river Tamar, in the vicinity of Rosevears, and not Launceston; and, if so, whether the Government's decision is in conformity with the report of the Public Accounts Committee?

I pointed out that the question should have been directed to the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, but promised that the information required would be obtained and supplied to Senator Sampson. The matter was duly brought under the notice of the PostmasterGeneral's Department, and that department was asked to communicate direct with Senator Sampson. I am now informed that the Postmaster-General duly communicated with Senator Sampson on the 10th January last, and that he intended that this letter should be taken as a reply to the questions asked by Senator Sampson, though, perhaps, this fact was not made as clear as it might have been. The PostmasterGeneral's letter reads as follows: -

Referring to your recent telegram and to your letter of 21st December, 1927, in connection with the proposed new contract for the Tasmanian mail service, urging that Launceston be specified as the terminus, the Government has given the closest consideration to this feature and to other matters relating to the service and has formed the opinion that much improved facilities could be given if the difficulty in connexion with the tides at Launceston were overcome by terminating the service at some point on the River Tamar near Rosevears, where there is deep water, and provision made for linking such point with the railway system of Tasmania or by road with Launceston. It is, therefore, the intention to adhere to the decision of the Government, which was announced by the Prime Minister in Parliament recently. The new service should considerably improve mail facilities, as it should be possible to give Hobart, as well as Launceston, a delivery of mails on the day of the arrival of the mail steamer.







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