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Wednesday, 21 April 1915

Mr SPENCE - The policy of the Department is to have the construction work done as cheaply as possible, having due regard , to efficiency. Efficient results are necessary, otherwise the subscribers complain. In some places the poles can be used. The policy is governed by the locality.

Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - Is the PostmasterGeneral aware that this system of construction has been tested in Victoria? I understand it is not general throughout the Commonwealth; but I know that its adoption has reduced the cost of construction by one half. I should like to know whether the Postmaster-General will see that the system is made general, because there is no doubt that it would save the franking of men and poles for hundreds of miles.

Mr SPENCE - If the honorable member has any good suggestions to make, I shall be glad to receive them.

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