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Thursday, 8 September 1960

Mr Whitlam m asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

What amount did each railway system or airline receive for mail conveyance in 1958-59 and 1959-60?

Mr Davidson - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

1.   Payments to the various railway systems are based on mail weighings conducted at two-yearly intervals, the 1958-59 payments being determined from the weighing in September-October, 1957. Due to the transfer of most letter form mail to air as from 1st November, 1959, when operation " Post Haste " was introduced, the mail weighing set down for that year was postponed until SeptemberOctober, 1960. Payments for 1959-60 have, therefore, been continued at the 1958-59 level pending the completion of the mail weighing after which payments will be adjusted with effect from 1st January, 1960.

2.   The payments made to each major railway system for mail conveyed during the years 1958-59 and 1959-60 were as follows: -



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