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Thursday, 21 September 1972
Page: 1134

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   Does the Australian Post Office restrict the despatch of air mail from Australia to Tonga to only one flight per week, although5 scheduled flights a week from Fiji to Tonga are available.

(2)   What is the reason for the imposition of the restriction.

Senator GREENWOOD-The PostmasterGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) Since 20th August 1972, airmail has been despatched to Tonga 3 times weekly, an appropriate frequency for the quantity of airmail posted in Australia to that destination. Formerly, the frequency of despatch was once weekly as timetable information available to the Australian Post Office indicated that only one schedule flight a week was available from Fiji to Tonga.

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