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Friday, 19 June 1903

Mr KIRWAN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Whether his attention has been called to a statement in the Melbourne Argus of Thursday lost, that a telegraphic press message took twenty hours in transit between Perth and Melbourne ; and if he is aware that these interruptions are of' frequent occurrence, and canse considerable inconvenience to the commercial classes and press of Western Australia and the othor States ?

2.   Whether, as the additional line now in course of erection is on the same poles as the existing line, any benefit will accrue, in view of the fact that in the opinion of experts the interruptions are due to the proximity of the present line to the sea?

3.   What are the charges to the public proposed to be made by the Eastern Extension Company for sending messages by cable between Western Australia and Adelaide ?

4.   Whether the Government will not make without delay the land telegraphic connexion as near perfection as possible, so as to prevent the public having to pay high cable rates?

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