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Thursday, 20 October 1904

Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Postmaster-General) - As the honorable member knows, tenders were invited prior to my acceptance of office. I shall look into the matter, with a view to obtaining the information the honorable member desires. In some of the contracts provision is made that the ordinary rate of wage shall be paid, but I am not in a position to say definitely whether that forms a part of all the contracts.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Minister has not disturbed anything that was done by his immediate predecessor.

Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Postmaster-General) - I have not disturbed the practice that has been followed for years.

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