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Wednesday, 30 June 1937

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - About two years ago, I brought to the notice of the PostmasterGeneral (Senator A. J. McLachlan) the need for restoring the travelling postal van on country passenger trains, about which Senator Badman has just spoken. L have never been able to ascertain why the vans were taken off the trains, but I presume that it was on the ground that the service was not paying. Its discontinuance has caused inconvenience to many people living in country districts, as no doubt the Postmaster-General himself is aware. Since he has invited us to bring specific instances of this inconvenience under his notice, I may state that a letter posted, at 9 a.m. at Owen, in South Australia, to an addressee at Hamley Bridge, about 17 miles distant by rail, is taken past Hamley Bridge by train to Adelaide where it is sorted, and returned to Hamley Bridge the following morning. It should be possible for the Postal Department to devise some system by which correspondence between adjacent country towns could be delivered on the day of posting. I hope that appropriate action will be taken to this end.

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