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Tuesday, 12 August 1902


Mr WATSON (Bland) - As I understand it, the position in New South Wales is that some newspaper proprietors desire, not only that their newspapers shall be carried free upon the railways, but that special facilities shall be provided for them. I trust that the Government will see the desirableness of proceeding with the consideration of the Postal Rates Bill at a very early date, so that this evil may be dealt with.


Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Why should a different practice be adopted in Tasmania from that which is followed in New South Wales?


Mr WATSON - In New South Wales the newspaper proprietors desire that their papers shall be taken direct from their offices to the train. That was the privilege for which the Postal department paid the Railways of that State £2,500 a year. In New South Wales the Post-office pays the Railway department £12 per mile per annum for the carriage of its mails, apart from the £2,500 to which I have already referred. It is about time that the special facilities enjoyed by Sydney newspaper proprietors were withdrawn. At any rate it is our duty to insist that commercial rates shall be paid for every commercial service rendered.







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