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Tuesday, 10 November 1959

Mr DAVIDSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - It is possible, as the honorable member has done, to take certain isolated instances of the difference between the cost of postage through the department and the cost of postage through other forms of transport. But if the whole matter is looked into fully, it will be found that there has been preserved between the various methods of transport a balance which does not reflect unfavourably on the present rates charged by the Postal Department.

Following other questions of this nature, 1 have prepared quite a lot of information about the implications of the increase in the postal charge on parcels of various kinds, and of the cost of carriage by other forms of transport. I shall be glad indeed to give that information to the honorable member for Flinders. I simply point out that the position varies according to the weight of the article concerned and the distance for which it has to be conveyed.

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