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Tuesday, 3 December 1935


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The contract with the Orient Company extends over a period of years, and provides for an annual grant of £130,000. Following representations by the PostmasterGeneral's Department, the company voluntarily reduced the contract price ' by £20,000. The full amount of £110,000 must be shown on the Estimates of expenditure, but the Commonwealth in return receives certain remuneration from other countries and services, which reduces this liability. I have not the figures by me, but it is possible that if we were free to commence again, having regard to the condition of air transport services, we might review the terms.


Senator Collings - How long has this contract got to run?


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I cannot say, but I presume that it will not expire for some years.







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