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Tuesday, 28 June 1904

Sir LANGDON BONYTHON (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - In reply to the right honorable member for Swan last week, the Postmaster-General stated that as the result of cablegrams being sent by the Pacific Cable, instead of by the Eastern route, the revenue of the South Australian Telegraph Department had been affected to the extent of only £3 is. 4d., during a period of eleven months. I should like to know what we are to understand from that answer. Prior to the existence of the Pacific Cable the whole of the cable business was transmitted by the Eastern route, and, therefore, passed over the South Australian lines. I desire to know whether it is intended to convey that the opening of the Pacific Cable has had no substantial effect upon the revenue of .the South Australian Telegraph Department ?

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