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GOVERNMENT BACKDOWN ON BULK POSTAC-E

The Government finally bowed to continual pressure

from the Opposition and has restored the concessions for bulk

postage rates for newspapers, periodicals and charitable

publications.

This will ensure the survival of a most important

and highly-valued section of our communications media. It

will assist union journals, religious organisations and a

wide range of other literature. It will also prevent the

closure of many businesses, particularly country newspapers

which are often significant employers of labour in

decentralised areas.

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The Government’s capitulation on this issue is a

reflection of the spontaneous and angry reaction from all

sections of the community at the Government *s hasty and ill-

considered attempt to lift postage rates for this class of

publication - in some cases by over 500% in the next few years,

It is a victory for commonsense, It shows that

even this Government cannot always ride rough-shod over the

community, -