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Tuesday, 30 June 1903


Mr McCOLL (Echuca) - I desire to add my protest to those of the honorable members who have just spoken, on the subject of the shutting up of the small mail services. I have a notice here sent to the holder of aloose bag, which has been carried for many years at a cost of £5 a year, to say thatit will be discontinued from 1st July. I need not repeat all the arguments which honorable members have used, but surely it is enough that people in the outlying.- parts should be cut off from civilized society, and should have to endure all the discomforts and privations of their lot, -without being deprived of the advantage of ordinary postal communication. When the closing of these small services is considered, with the fact that we are paying some £40,000 or £50,000 a year in extra salaries to officers delivering mails in the large centres of population, it would appear as if we were saving money at the spigot and letting it run out at the bung-hole.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - We should have the Postmaster-General in this House where we could talk to him.


Mr McCOLL - I do not wish to take up time, as we may be able to refer to this matter on the Supply Bill to-morrow. But I think it is time that country members, from whichever State they come, should band themselves together, and insist upon getting justice for the outlying districts. They have suffered from drought during the lost seven or eight years, and if we are now to have these small mail services closed, it is time that country members stood together to see justice done to the outlying districts.







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