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Friday, 21 October 1904

Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : - r.

1.   The Postmaster-General is aware that complaints have been made through the newspapers, that inconvenience has been caused by an earlier clearance of letters in some parts of the suburbs pf .Melbourne, and also that, in - some instances, such complaints .were made in 'suburbs which were not affected, and in which no change has been made. The earlier clearance has been made experimentally in order that letters posted in the suburbs for Ballarat, Bendigo, and intermediate places, might have the advantage of despatch by the trains leaving at 2 a.m.

2.   It is not the desire of the Department to reduce postal facilities to the public, but rather to increase such facilities, and it is the intention of the Postmaster-General to inquire fully as. to the night clearances, with a view to make them as convenient as possible to the whole of the persons affected, and to 'secure the early despatch of the letters posted at night in tlie suburbs.

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