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Thursday, 28 August 1902

Mr DEAKIN - It is not intended to limit the town and suburban rates to metropolitan centres only. It is proposed to embrace every township which is associated with what may properly be termed suburbs - places in which those engaged in business and trade reside beyond the boundaries of the town itself. Every such place will be entitled to consideration. It is impossible to fix an exact limit as to distance, because everything, will depend upon the circumstances of the town and its surroundings.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The matter should be dealt with on the basis' of revenue, and not of distance.

Mr DEAKIN - The revenue is not the only consideration. The idea is that the system should be applied to townships having suburbs in direct communication, and where a community of interest exists between the residents in the town and the immediate surroundings. This would be partly determined by the existence of telegraph stations, because a sixpenny telegram system could not be applied to places where there is only one station.

An Honorable Member. - Would the system be applied to the area embraced within a 10 miles radius of. the townships %

Mr DEAKIN - In some instances undoubtedly. I am told that in New South Wales a very large number of towns are brought within the operation of the sixpenny telegram system. Thirteen miles happens to be the radius adopted there. It is not proposed to adopt any absolutely fixed rules, but to study the general circumstances of the settlements.

Mr. JOSEPHCOOK (Parramatta).If the Minister will permit me, I might explain that in New South Wales they have adopted a 13 miles radius, but within that radius there, must be collected an annual revenue of £2,500 per annum.

Sir John Quick - That would be prohibitive.

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