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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 895

Senator WILKINSON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - The report of the Postmaster-General's Department indicates a revenue of some $ 1,000m. As the expenditure of this very large amount is not included in the Estimates, will the Attorney-General, representing the PostmasterGeneral, inform the Senate in what way it can be examined to ascertain the necessity for charges currently being imposed by the Department?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am not sure whether my response will be of the character which the honourable senator is seeking. But 1 understand that the procedure which was adopted some 2 or 3 years ago is for the amount which appears in the Budget Estimates with regard to the Post Office to be the net amount which the Government is to provide to enable the Post Office to operate. That means that expenditure and revenue of the Post Office does not appear in the Budget Estimates but only that net amount for capital works or expenditure which is required. That is the position as I understand it. I would imagine that there are avenues open to the honourable senator whereby he can probe into those items of expenditure and revenue when the Senate examines the Estimates. But if that is not so, I would be grateful if he could explain his difficulty to me later and I will endeavour to do what I can by talking about it with the PostmasterGeneral.

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