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Friday, 12 June 1903

Sir EDMUND BARTON - I have conferred with the Postmaster-General and with the general manager of the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company on the subject, and I think that an arrangement will be come to, whereby, by paying something more for the transmission of their telegrams by the cable instead of by the land line, the business people affected will be able to secure the facilities they require without prejudice to the revenue of any of the States concerned.

Mr Watson - Is that a temporary arrangement only?

Sir EDMUND BARTON - It is a temporary arrangement.

Mr Kirwan - What about the improvement of the line?

Sir EDMUND BARTON - That is a matter into which inquiry is being made, with a view to ascertaining whether the inconvenience which has arisen is due to the present position of the line, or to some other cause.

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