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Thursday, 27 September 1973
Page: 1687

The CHAIRMAN (Mr Scholes (CORIO, VICTORIA) - I suggest that the honourable member talk to the clauses of the amendment.

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - Right. In speaking to the clauses of the amendment I express my regret that this amendment does not carry announcements of changes in ordinary postal rates. Come Christmas Australians not only in the country but also in the cities will be shocked when they find that the Christmas card which they have bought year in and year out and which weighs more than 20 grams will cost them 15c to post. These are some of the points which I regret. This Government is claiming tonight to be wise and yet it did not see the necessity to amend the legislation before.

I assure the Government that the people of Australia while looking at the 50 or so commissions that have been set up to inquire into various aspects of government will have had their faith shaken to the roots because the Government is not prepared to wait for the findings of those commissions before it makes changes. I return to the amendments which have been made by the Senate. I am very pleased, for the sake of country people, that the Government has gone back on its intentions. I conclude by repeating that Australians from one end of the country to the other will be shocked when they recognise and feel the full implications of the other increases which were introduced with such subtlety and went beyond the comprehension and apprehension of most.

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