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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 1625

Mr HANSEN (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Postmaster-General. I ask: Following relaxation of the requirements in respect to the householder mailing service, has he received requests from the Australian Provincial Press Association for a relaxation of the postal regulations concerning category A newspapers where supplementary advertising is enclosed with a newspaper and the newspaper is required to print in a conspicuous place the full title and date of publication of the newspaper in which the supplement is enclosed? Has he been advised by the country newspapers that they believe that the present householder delivery service offers unfair competition and could affect the future of those newspapers and their employees? Will he consider a relaxation of the pertinent regulations?

Sir ALAN HULME (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - 1 have received representations from the provincial newspapers concerning this matter. It must be realised that this type of mail is receiving a very substantial concession at the present time. The loss in this area of mail is approximately SI Om a year and many of the articles are being carried by the Post Office for as little as 2c an article, if they are under 4 ounces in weight. There has been a relaxation for inserts as newspaper supplements but it must be appreciated that competition is also coming from private industry for the service of delivering articles similar to those carried in the householder service. The Post Office has found it necessary to compete in this field and we are giving a good service. At the same time we are giving a great deal of consideration to the provincal Press and I think it would be unrealistic to suggest that the 60 million to 80 million articles carried in the householder service by the Post Office should in fact meet such competition that we must go out of business in the interests of the area which is losing so much money for the Post Office at the present time.

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