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Wednesday, 27 July 1904

Mr ROBINSON (WANNON, VICTORIA) - I should like to ask the Postmaster-General a further question. Is it a fact that the Post and Telegraph Department - I. do not suggest under the Minister's direction - has insisted that when the Victorian Government wishes to supply duty stamps to the various staff offices - not contract offices - it shall communicate with each particular postmaster direct, instead of the Department taking the very small trouble of sending the duty stamps to the various postmasters, together with the ordinary postage stamps? I believe that this has caused a considerable amount of 'irritation.

Mr MAHON - The honorable and learned member is not correctly informed. When the State Government proposed to throw this duty upon the Post and Telegraph Department, we simply suggested to them that they should make their own arrangements with the postmasters at the contract offices.

Mr Robinson - I referred to the staff offices.

Mr MAHON - I presume that the staff offices always sold the duty stamps, and that they received 2 \ per cent, commission. There has been no complaint whatever about the staff offices; but in regard to the contract offices we suggested to the State Government that they should make their arrangements with the postmasters through us ; but that arrangement was not fallen in with by the State Government. As to the Department insisting upon the State making its arrangements with the staff offices direct, I think that the honorable and learned member is misinformed.

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