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Thursday, 13 November 1941

Senator ASHLEY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Information) - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes, as regards letters.

2.   While, due to war conditions, the time taken in the transportation of mails from the Middle East to Australia is greater than under normal circumstances, every opportunity to despatchmails is availed of and at present the shipping service is reasonably satisfactory for the conveyance of the surface mails.

3.   The present charge of 9d. for½oz. letter represents a reduction of 50 per cent, in the normal rate. In addition, members of the forces are able to communicate to Australia by means of air-mail letter-cards, the rate on which is only 3d. It will therefore be seen that substantial reductions in air-mail rates have already been granted to the members of the forces overseas.

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