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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2275

Senator YOUNG - My question is directed to the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral. Is it a fact that postal rates to Papua New Guinea have been increased from 7c to 10c a letter due to the fact that the PostmasterGeneral has now classified Papua New Guinea as a foreign country? Why has such a decision been taken at this time? Is it correct also that the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs in Papua New Guinea has announced similar increases on mail addressed to Australia to stay in line with the Australian policy?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I did read a report that the postal rate on letters from Australia to Papua New Guinea and from Papua New Guinea to Australia has been increased from 7c to 10c. I am unaware of why such a decision was taken. I assume it was taken after consultation between the Australian PostmasterGeneral and the Postmaster-General of Papua New Guinea. I will have inquiries made and a reply furnished to the honourable senator.

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