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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Senator ASHLEY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Information) - That subject has been raised by several honorable senators. Approval has now been given by the Government for the reduced rates for postage and telegrams described in the Post and Telegraph Rates (Defence Forces) Act, and the reduced rates for telephone trunk line calls prescribed by Telephone Regulation 139a, to apply as from the 15th September to members of the following women's auxiliaries in the same maimer and under the same conditions as they now apply in the case of communications to and from other members of the forces: -

Women'sRoyal Australian Naval Service; Australian Women's Army Service;

Voluntary Aid Detachments enlisted for fulltime duty;

Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force;

Royal Australian Navy Nursing Service;

Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service.

The concession rates already apply in the case of members of the Australian Army Nursing Service. To be eligible for transmission at the reduced rates, postal articles and telegrams for members of the women's auxiliaries must be directed to a Naval, Army or Air Force address, and the address must include the addressee's number, if any, rank, initials and name, together with the name of the force to which the addressee belongs. The conditions which relate to the posting of postal articles, the transmission of telegrams, and the making of telephone trunk line calls by members of the forces, will apply also to such communications originated by members of the women's auxiliaries.

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