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Tuesday, 29 May 1928


Mr THEODORE - I desire to quote from a letter received from the Victorian Monthly Newspapers' Association -

We view with alarm the proposal to deregister newspapers published at intervals exceeding seven days, and the provision to increase the postal rates on such newspapers from1½d. per 20 ozs. to 2½d. per 20 ozs. The statement that monthly papers in Great Britain and other countries are classified differently to dailies and weeklies is not a sound argument when applied to Australia, for the simple fact that the type of papers we represent are published weekly in other countries, whereas in Australia, because of its very much smaller population, such a course would not be justified..... We desire to retain the privileges of newspaper registration which we have enjoyed for more than 40 years and the advantages that come with that registration, viz., press cable and telegraphic rates, railway concessions for parcels of papers sent by rail, and special railway fares for reporters.

As it appears that these privileges are imperilled by the proposal to cancel the registration of certain publications as newspapers, will the Minister explain the reasons for the proposed cancellation, and say whether the decision can now be reviewed.







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