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Tuesday, 29 October 1974
Page: 2025

Senator DURACK - My question is directed to the Postmaster-General and I refer to the proposal for a special rate for internal Christmas mail which is apparently being proposed by the Special Minister of State, Mr Lionel Bowen. I ask the Postmaster-General: Has there been any costing of the likely amount of revenue that would be forgone if such a proposal were implemented and has the Government made any decision in regard to it?

Senator BISHOP - About a week ago Senator Devitt asked me a related question. He asked me whether the Government would consider a proposal to reduce the tariff to 5c. I promised to have the matter investigated. I have spoken to Mr Lionel Bowen about the matter but I am not aware of any promotion of this issue by him. It is actually a matter for me and the Government to determine. I am making sure that the estimates of costs offered by the Post Office are accurate and I am not in a position yet to indicate what sort of losses, if any, would occur. As soon as I have any information I shall give it to the honourable senator.

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