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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Mr DAVIDSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - It is correct, as suggested by the honorable member for Darling, that the department has instituted a new method of dealing with registered matter recently in an attempt, first of all, to preserve the security which previously existed and the protection of the sender, and at the same time to reduce operation costs. It has been found that the cost of the registration system has considerably exceeded the benefits which were derived from it. However, the new system which was introduced a little while ago has been introduced purely on a trial basis. I can assure the honorable member that I shall have a look at the results of that trial, and if it appears that the protection which it is desired to give those who send registered packets is being lost, the old system will be reverted to. But, at the moment, I feel sure that the honorable member's statement that the protection previously given to the sender of registered articles has been lost is not being borne out in fact.

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