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Friday, 23 September 1949

Mr CALWELL - I shall be glad to bring the right honorable gentleman's question to the notice of the PostmasterGeneral, but I warn him that any very great increase of the cost of the carriage of the mails to any part of Australia will make the Postal Department rather concerned about balancing its budget. Recently we had to increase postal charges. Any additional cost will make it even more difficult for the Postal Department to present a report to this Parliament which will show that it is carrying on within its means. There are some parts of Australia to which mail is now carried by air at ordinary rates. I am sure that the Postmaster-General will extend these facilities if it is at all possible to do so. The specific questions asked by the right honorable gentleman will be answered within a short time.

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