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Tuesday, 19 June 1906

Mr EWING -The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

In the UniveralPostal Union Principal Convention (Washington revision) it is provided that correspondence posted on the high seas in the letter box on board a packet, orplaced in the hands of the commanders of ships, may be prepaid by means of the postage stamps, and according to the tariff, of the country to which the said packet belongs, or by which it is maintained, but if the posting on boardtakes place during the stay at one of the two extreme points of the voyage, or at any intermediate port of call, prepayment can only be effected by means of the postage stamps, and according to the tariff, of the country in the waters of which the packet happens to be.

In April last the general manager of the Orient Company was informed, in reply to a question as to whether letters posted on board the company's mail steamers between Fremantle and Adelaide should bear Commonwealth postage stamps, that postal articles posted on board those vessels whilst on the high seas, or when in any port of the Commonwealth, or between two ports of the Commonwealth, should, in accordance with the above-mentioned provision, be prepaid by means of Commonwealth postage stamps.

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