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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Mr CUNNINGHAM (Gwydir) . - I desire to direct the attention, of the Postmaster-General (Mr. Wise) to the fact that the delivery of . mails is being seriously delayed in portions of New South Wales which have been affected by floods. From reports in the daily press, I gather that there has beenno delivery of a mail to Collarenebri since 30th June. It is stated that -

Collarenebri mails have been lying at Burren Junction since Wednesday last; meanwhile private persons have travelled to the Junction and obtained newspapers and supplies. It is thought that if this is possible to accomplish the Postal Department can arrange the immediate transport of mails, instoad of waiting for the re-establishment of the train service.

The Postal Department should endeavour to expedite the delivery of these mails, because even in ordinary times there is great delay in the transit of mails to the back country. I believe the PostmasterGeneral will be able to arrange for a special method of delivery, pendingthe re-establishment of the train service. It is asserted that three or four weeks may elapse before there is railway communication to Pokataroo. which, is the - nearest station to Collarenebri. I should like an assurance from the honorable gentleman that he will do everything in his power to insure the deliveries of these delayed mails.

Mr Wise - I will look into the matter to-morrow.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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