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Wednesday, 21 October 1903

Mr DEAKIN - The answers to the right honorable gentleman's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes. The absence of railway communication between Western Australia and the rest of the Commonwealth makes the position of that State exceptional, but whether this will require to be specially allowed for in the proposed legislation cannot be determined until the new mail contracts have been concluded.

2.   Probably in a complete Navigation Bill.


Mr CLARKE for Mr Crouch asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Whether the Postal Department refuses to sell to collectors "postage due" stamps at their full face value ? 12 n

2.   Why similar stamps are sold by the Department to dealers ?

3.   Is the Postmaster-General aware that these scamps are for sale by dealers, and can be bought in stamp shops, and can he explain how this happens?

4.   What reason does he give for not selling these stamps to the public ?

Mr DEAKIN - The answers to the honorable and learned member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The Postal Department sells to all applicants sets of "postage due" stamps, lightly postmarked, at their face value.

2.   3. and 4. These are answered by the reply to question 1.

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