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Thursday, 7 August 1902

Sir PHILIP FYSH - The answers to the. honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The new postal regulations do not specifically provide that Inter-State postal notes shall be paid at their face value ; they, however, make no distinction as toInter-State or other postal notes, and do not authorize any charge to be made on the payment of any such note within the Commonwealth.

2.   The Postmaster-General is aware that owing to a misapprehension, which was not confined to Western Australia, postmasters were instructed to continue to charge the commission previously paid on Inter-State postal notes when presented for payment. It has been reported that at three offices only in Western Australia was this charge made, and the total amount involved was1s. 6d., and that the officers concerned were not directed to pay the amounts, but were asked to collect them.

3.   The instructions to make the charge were revoked upon the receipt of specific instructions from the Postmaster-General telegraphed to all the States on the 9th July. The PostmasterGeneral is not disposed to take a serious view of the error.

4.   The Postmaster-General has directed that these charges made in error shall be refunded.

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