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Tuesday, 3 December 1935

Senator FOLL (Queensland) .- A sum of £110,000 is provided for the

Orient Steamship Company's overseas mail contract. "Will the Minister explain whether this is an annual payment in accordance with a contract between the Commonwealth and the company for a period of years? In my opinion, such a contract is unnecessary. Weekly services operate between Australia and England, and every one of the ships engaged in this regular service carries mails, many of them on a poundage basis. The Orient Company does not transport the bulk of the mails, but only the same proportion as ships of other lines. The time has arrived when the payment for the transport of mails could be placed on a poundage basis.

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