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Wednesday, 18 May 1960


Mr KING (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - I preface my questions to the Postmaster-General by directing his attention to the various trunk line rates now operating, particularly those in the higher bracket of 100 miles to 400 miles. First, is the Minister in a position to explain why the subscribers in what I call the group between 200 miles and 300 miles pay double the rate for the last 100 miles that is paid by those in the brackets of 100 to 200 miles and 300 to 400 miles, on their last 100 miles? Secondly, is he aware that some subscribers - as in a case at Dimboola - have had their trunk line rates to Melbourne increased from 6s. 6d. to 10s. as a result of the introduction of the district charge compared with the previous principle of charging? Thirdly, will the Minister investigate what appears to be an anomaly with a view to having this matter so altered that these subscribers are not asked to carry such a heavy increase?







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