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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2427

Senator GUILFOYLE (VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Postmaster-General whether he has seen a report from the Australian Monthly Newspapers and Periodicals Association in which it is claimed that the 140 per cent increase in bulk postage rates within 12 months has had an .extremely adverse effect , M.-., the publishers of periodicals and a direct effect on paper manufacturers and suppliers and associated industries? Is the Minister able to give any information on the claim in the report, that the substantial increases in bulk postage rates actually work against the objectives of the Postmaster-General's Department in increasing the rates, by advising whether the volume of bulk postage mail has fallen in the past 12 months?

Senator GREENWOOD - 1 have not seen the report to which the honourable senator refers and therefore I am unable to state whether the report is accurate. I undertake to refer the question to the Postmaster-General for his consideration; but, having regard to the fact that the main purpose of raising postal rates last year was, consistent with the Government's concept of running the Department as a business enterprise, to ensure that there was an increase in revenue, I imagine that from the experience of recent months we will be able to ascertain whether that objective has been achieved. I would have thought that the real objective was to increase revenue as distinct from the usage of the mails.

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