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Thursday, 26 May 1904
Thursday, 26 May 1904

Mr. Speakertook the chair at 2.30 p.m., and read prayers.

VICTORIAN MAIL SERVICES.

Mr. PHILLIPS.-;I wish to ask the Postmaster-General, without notice, if he is, aware that a Jame number of mail services' in the State of Victoria, and especially in the mallee and north-western districts, have been curtailed through the Railway Department discontinuing the running of a number of trains. Will he endeavour to arrange for mails to be carried by the special goods trains which are daily being run on many lines, as the Railway Department at present refuses to carry mails by these special goods trains?

Mr. MAHON.- I am aware that many of the Victorian mail services are being curtailed through the discontinuance of trains in some of the country districts. I do not know how far the powers of the Commonwealth extend in the direction of enabling us to require the Railway Commissioners to carry special mails by the goods trains to which the honorable member refers, but an inquiry into the matter will be instituted at once, and an effort will be made to come to a satisfactory arrangement with the Railways Commissioners.







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