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Wednesday, 27 August 1902

Mr BROWN (Canobolas) - I move-

That the following new clause be inserted -

Newspapers and periodicals published within the Commonwealth shall be allowed free transmission through the post subject to the following conditions : -

(a)   Posted within 24 hours of publication to regular subscribers residing within a circular area of 60 miles in diameter the centre of which must be the place of publication, or some point not more than 30 miles distant therefrom according to the choice of the publishers.

(b)   Posted for delivery to subscribers at the office at which they are posted, except in cities specially exempt by proclamation of the Governor-General.

Provided that not more than one copy of each such newspaper or periodical shall be so transmitted to each regular subscriber.

This will permit of the free postage of newspapers in country districts within a radius of 30 miles from the centres in which they are published, under certain conditions which are set forth: This provision is adopted to some extent from the Canadian legislation, and the concession asked for is a very small one. I am not advocating the interests of the newspaper proprietors so much as those of the subscribers, because I know the eagerness with which the newspapers are looked for in outlying districts. At the same time the country newspaper proprietors are very severely handicapped as compared with their more wealthy competitors in the large cities, and they are deserving of every consideration.

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