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Thursday, 14 April 1904

Mr CARPENTER (Fremantle) - I wish to bring under the notice of the Prime Minister, who I understand is representing the Postmaster-General in the absence of that honorable gentleman, a complaint upon a very old subject - the delay in the transmission of press telegrams between the eastern States and Western Australia. I have been informed by the proprietor of a newspaper in Western Australia that last week a press telegram occupied something over four hours in transmission. No doubt when there is a rush of business, as there has been in times past, allowance must be made for delays, no matter how aggravating they may be ; but under normal conditions every effort should be used to expedite messages, . and particularly press telegrams, a delay in the transmission of which means annoyance and loss. I am sure that the Prime Minister will have the necessary inquiries made, and try to avoid repetition of the cause of complaint.

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