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Thursday, 19 March 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [4.3]. - I move -

That the Senate do now adjourn.

I take this opportunity to furnish answers to questions of which notice was given this morning. Senator E.. B. Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence -

1.   Has the Minister received requests from the Perth Chamber of Commerce for the addition of a second weekly air mail between Perth and Adelaide and vice versa?

2.   What decision has been arrived ait in the matter ?

The Minister for Defence has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The representations are receiving consideration.

Senator Collings asked the PostmasterGeneral -

In view of the satisfactory condition of the post office revenue, has ho considered the matter of a reduction of the annual wireless licence fee to 15s.?

On behalf of the Postmaster-General I have to advise the honorable senator as follows : -

Thu wireless licence fee is under constant review, but there is no intention of making any change in the immediate future. It has to bo remembered that very heavy expenditure is being incurred for new studios and broadcasting stations in various paris of the Commonwealth.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 4.4 p.m. till a day and hour to be fixed by the President.

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