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Friday, 14 October 1904

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

(1)   Whether he has yet submitted to the Cabinet the question of continuing the practice of distinguishing between Australian and European tenderers by giving the former an advantage of 15 per cent, over the latter in their dealings with his Department?

(2)   If he has so submitted the question, have his colleagues approved of the continuance of the practice?

(3)   Can he point to any constitutional or legis lative authority for such differential treatment of Commonwealth citizens, on the ground of nationality ?

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