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Thursday, 19 September 1974
Page: 1238

Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Postmaster-General. A number of inquiries have been coming to me since the confirmation last Tuesday night that the Government will abolish broadcast and television licence fees. These inquiries have come from people who paid their licence fees in the days leading up to that announcement. Can the Postmaster-General say whether his Department intends refunding these fees? If so, what course of action should people take to ensure that they can claim these reimbursements?

Senator BISHOP -There will be no refunds of licence fees paid for any period commencing before 17 September 1974. But some people are prone, as with other commitments, to pay ahead. If their licence commenced after that date the refunds will be made promptly. The Department has records of those people and the refunds will be paid as speedily as possible. There is another matter which has also received notice and that is refunds to people who have purchased stamps. Those amounts will be refunded.

Senator Jessop - What should they do?

Senator BISHOP - To make sure that they are more speedily treated they might report to the Post Office authorities quickly, but I have asked the Department to get an inventory of those people as quickly as possible. I hope there will be no untoward delays.

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