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Tuesday, 2 August 1904

Mr MAHON - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The Postmaster-General's Department has no control over the gun-boats of Queensland, and is not aware that they could be used for the purpose - indicated.

2.   So far as the Postmaster-General has been advised, a profitable business could not bc done with King Island by the use of a gun-boat for the carriage of mails, cargo, and passengers.

3.   It is considered that the existing service, practically once a week, now performed by the s.s. Yambagoona, provides reasonable postal communication with King Island, especially as the revenue derived from the post-office at that island only amounts to ; £105 per annum. The existing service costs, including the salary of the postmaster, £140 per annum.

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