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Wednesday, 27 August 1902

Mr THOMSON (North Sydney) - The Acting Prime Minister has omitted to recognise the fact that if an Australasian, for instance, which weighs 10 ozs., is allowed to go through the post for½d., and the charge per lb. is1d.-

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I rise to order, and I only do so that we may not have a second discussion on this question. The point with which honorable members are now dealing will inevitably arise later on, and there is now before the committee a specific amendment to reduce the charge from1d. to½d.

Mr THOMSON - I may put myself in order by supporting the suggestion of the honorable member for Bland to first deal with the question of single newspapers. On the charge for the single newspaper will depend the charge for the bulk parcel.

Sir Philip Fysh - I am unable to see any reason why the two items should not be dealt with separately. Evidently they are inserted here to provide for two separate purposes, the one being solely for the accommodation of newspaper vendors who send their parcels to the railway stations, those stations being recognised as receiving offices, from which the papers can be sent in bulk to the various townships.

Mr McCay - Even if the two are separate, the committee wants the second paragraph to be taken first.

Sir William McMillan - A suggestion has been made which, it seems to me, is conducive to the despatch of business. Let the Minister take the second paragraph first, and then let us decide upon the weight of the single newspaper, as some honorable members think the one rate ought to affect the other. Perhaps the Minister will be able to say whether he will accept 10 ozs. instead of 8 ozs.

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