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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1702


Senator Guilfoyle asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has the Postmaster-General's Department, as claimed in the Melbourne Sun of 17 October 1973, issued for adjustment accounts to the holders of all private boxes and private bags stating that they are 'the difference in fees over the period 1 October 1973 to 3 1 March 1974'.

(2)   Did the Postmaster-General's Department, by accepting payment for these services originally, in effect contract to supply these services until 3 1 March 1 974 at the fee paid.

(3)   Will the Postmaster-General inform the Senate if the action of the Department sets a new precedent for Government services under annual contract fees.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The PostmasterGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Officers of my Department are in the process of issuing adjusted accounts for private boxes and private bags as the result of the increased fees payable for these services from 1 October 1973.

(2)   The Department is empowered to provide such services only in accordance with the regulations in force from time to time. When the Parliament passed the Post and Telegraph Regulations Act 1973 increasing these charges from 1 October 1973, and requiring holders of private boxes and private bags to pay the increased rates from that date, the Department was merely complying with the provisions of the Act in issuing amended accounts.

(3)   See (2) above.

Executions in Yugoslavia (Question No. 237)


Senator Kane (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Attorney-General aware that in the documents tabled by him recently there is no evidence of any extremist or terrorist background to at least one of the executed men, namely Mirko Vlasnovic?


Senator Murphy - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Mirko Vlasnovic was one of the terrorists in the incursion into Yugoslavia in June 1972. Document C3 consisting of part of the front page of the August 1972 issue of 'Spremnost' edited by Fabian Lovokovic and published by the Croatian Liberation Movement (H.O.P.) in Australia contained a list of the names of nineteen terrorist raiders into Yugoslavia in June 1972. The name of 'M. Vlasnovic' appears in the 'Spremnost' list.







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