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Thursday, 28 July 1904

Mr MAHON (COOLGARDIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   It has not been usual in New South Wales when advertising for tenders for mail services to state the class of service required,' but persons tendering are usually informed that they must in each case state how they propose to carry mails, and must furnish a description of the kind of vehicle (where such mode of conveyance is intended) which they propose to use ; and that preference will, however, be given to tenderers to convey mails by wheeled vehicle licensed to carry passengers.

2.   The Postmaster-General is not aware that the omission referred to has ever constituted any obstacle in the path of intending tenderers, or that they have any difficulty in ascertaining the class of service required.

3.   It is not considered that the method of advertising, which has been in vogue for many years, is calculated to favour such tenderers as Cobb and Co., or any others, or that it has had the effect of limiting competition.

4.   Further inquiry will be made, but it is not proposed to make any alteration pending such inquiry.

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