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Friday, 30 April 1915

Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - In view of the disorganized state of the country mail services consequent on the increased price, of fodder, the weakening of horses, and so forth, will the Postmaster-General and his Government take the advance step, where possible, of instituting motor services? In one or two cases where motor services have been established, they are paying propositions. The Department can obtain cheap cars. If they do this, it will be a forward step.

Mr SPENCE - The honorable member has suggested to the Government a policy in the form of a question, to which, of course, I cannot reply. If we undertake the carrying of mails, we deprive a great many people of a means of livelihood, because, at present, the carrying of passengers is carried on in conjunction with the carrying of mails. I am surprised at the honorable member suggesting this.

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