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Thursday, 14 April 1904

Mr KELLY (for Mr. Willis) asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Whether it is a fact that Australian and British authorities discourage the interchange of newspapers through the medium of special postal rates?

2.   Whether it is a fact that Australian newspapers re-posted in England or British newspapers posted in Australia are. charged a special rate?

3.   Whether these rates are the outcome of an understanding between the Australian and British Postal Departments?

4.   Whether the Government are aware that the British Postmaster-General has agreed to deliver in the United Kingdom without surcharge, newspapers posted in New Zealand at a postage rate of one penny {as against a surcharge of 2 1/2 d. upon Australian newspapers), irrespective * of weight ?

5.   Will the Postmaster-General make a proposal to the British authorities by which Australian newspapers may be delivered in the United Kingdom at the reduced rate and upon similar conditions to those extended to the Government of New Zealand?

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