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Wednesday, 30 June 1915

Mr WEBSTER (Gwydir) .- I am sorry to rise at this hour, but it is unfortunate that we should be restricted in discussing a most important Department such as the Postmaster-General's Department, and in pointing out what we deem necessary for its good government. We are generally crushed in the matter of time for the discussion of this Department.I had withheld any remarks upon it, waiting the Minister's reply to some of the criticisms, but he has not given us any.

Mr Spence - If I had honorable members would have missed their trains and trams.

Mr WEBSTER - Are trains and trams more important than the business of a great Department, in which every honorable member is interested? Are we to sacrifice the well-being of the people because honorable members wish to catch trams?

Mr Spence - We shall be dealing with the new Estimates shortly.

Mr WEBSTER - In the case of a big Department such as this it is fair that we should have a reply to some of the principal complaints. However, I am not going to worry the Minister at this hour, but as we shall be dealing with the Appropriation Bill to-morrow I shall have a few words to say then, and I shall expect the Minister to make some reply.

Amendment negatived.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Division 108 (Cables), £10,700; division 109 (Mails, via Suez), £170,000; division 110 (New South Wales), £1,836,224; division 111 (Victoria), £1,139,792; division 112 (Queensland), £755,373; division 113 (South Australia), £388,190; division 114 (Western Australia), £456,982; division 115 (Tasmania), £173,385; division 116 (Northern Territory), £20,115, agreed to.

Motion (by Mr. Fisher) agreed to -

That the following resolution be reported to the House : - That, including the several sums already voted in this and the last preceding session of Parliament for such services, there be granted to His Majesty to defray the charges for the year 1914-15, for the several services hereunder specified, sums not exceeding in each case the following amounts, viz. : -


Resolution reported.

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