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Thursday, 27 September 1973
Page: 1686


Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I move:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The amendment has been the subject of discussion in this House. It, of course, was discussed subsequent to the passage of the Bill and I gave an undertaking at that time that the Government would introduce this amendment in the Senate. This has now taken place. The amendment now before us is in accordance with the agreement. That is evidenced by the fact that it was incorporated in Hansard here last week when we were dealing with another matter ancillary to this legislation. It deals specifically with the rates for registered newspapers and periodicals. It deals with metric weights and increases in those weights. They are not the increases that the Government proposed or in fact that the Government considers would be warranted to put the Post Office in a more viable position. But bearing in mind that there was considerable opposition and a clear indication that there might even be a complete rejection of the legislation, the amendent is satisfactory. I do not think that I need to say any more at this stage.







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