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Tuesday, 14 September 1971
Page: 1229

Mr FULTON (LEICHHARDT, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Postmaster-General. Is it true that 40 or more of the staff in the Engineers Department of the PostmasterGeneral's Department in Cairns are to be transferred to a southern city? If it is true, how can the Postmaster-General justify this action when he supports the policy of decentralisation - or does he? Does he realise the position of these men and their families in having to sacrifice their homes at forced-to-sell prices so that they can purchase homes, if possible, at their new destinations? ls Cairns to be administered federally from Townsville as seems to be the policy of the present Country-Liberal Party in Queensland?

Sir ALAN HULME (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - Mr Speaker,having regard to your desire that answers, to questions should be short, I think this is a matter appropriate to a statement in the House which I expect to make during this week, if I am given permission.

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