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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1903

Senator HANNAN - Is the Minister representing the Postmaster-General aware that his colleague the Postmaster-General in another place has set up a metric schedule for weights for postage, being 7c for 20 grams, and that above that weight the price increases in a number of steps? Is the Minister aware that in order to check whether the weight of a letter exceeds 20 grams, and hence needs extra postage, commercial houses and others are required to purchase a 1- gram weight? Is the Minister aware that weights of this size are unobtainable except at scientific instrument dealers where the price is $38? Will the Minister investigate this matter, which is another example of the inflationary tendencies of the metric system, and do what he can to stop the practice that I have outlined?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -The details of the increase in postage charges were laid down in a White Paper that was introduced by the Postmaster-General in another place at the time of the presentation of the Budget and which, on his behalf, I introduced at that time in the Senate. I am unaware of the details enunciated in the other portions of the honourable senator's question. I shall refer them to my colleague in another place.

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