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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr R EDWARDS (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) .- I had a short conversation with the honorable member for Lang before he asked the Minister for information regarding the proposed vote in connexion with the Brisbane Post Office. He certainly gave no indication that he intended to oppose the vote, but stated that he would merely seek information with regard to the necessity for the contemplated expenditure. I regret to find that no provision is made in the Estimates for additional post-office accommodation at Beaudesert. I visited that township at the beginning of the year, and I am satisfied that there is great need for improved accommodation. Beaudesert is a large and thriving settlement;, with a rapidly increasing population, and I am sure that .£200 or £$0° could well be spent there in enlarging the present post-office. I recently spoke to the Postmaster-General with regard to this matter, and he told me that he was obtaining, a report. I am afraid, however, that he has overlooked the matter.

Mr Austin Chapman - No, we have not lost sight of it.

Mr R EDWARDS (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - If I am returned to the next Parliament I shall no longer represent the part of the country in which Beaudesert is located, and I should have been better pleased if, before I had ceased to be their representative, I had been able to secure for the residents some additional conveniences.

Mr Austin Chapman - I shall hurry up the matter to-morrow.

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