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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 9

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been drawn to statements made by provincial Press representatives that the Postmaster-General's householder mailing system was threatening the existence of some country newspapers? Does the Minister agree that the existence of a country and local Press is of value in programmes of community development and decentralisation? Is the Minister aware of claims being made that the Postmaster-General's bulk mailing system is threatening the employment of many country workers. Will he ask the PostmasterGeneral to examine the claims to recognise the role and place of country newspapers by an inquiry into the problems which have been raised?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am not aware of the many matters which the honourable senator has comprehended within one question. Naturally, one is aware that there have been increased costs of certain postal services in recent times and that this has imposed a considerable burden upon those whose business depends upon being able to transmit by mail what they have to sell. But we ali appreciate that this increase in postal charges is one segment of the tremendous increase in costs which we are all experiencing and that we all have to make our adjustments. The Government has been trying constantly to bring home a sense of responsibility to those who have some responsibilities in the area of increasing costs.

The PRESIDENT - Order! On the very first day on which the Senate resumes after the winter recess I hoped that some of the lessons which I had tried to persuade honourable senators to accept willingly in the autumn session would have been retained in their minds. I now merely indicate to honourable senators that there is a standing order relating to the form in which Senate questions should be presented. It is standing order 99. To the limit of my capacity 1 intend to apply that standing order.

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