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Wednesday, 3 July 1901
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Senator WALKER (New SouthWales) - It will be found that in clauses 64 and 66 vessels are required to ' deliver and take delivery of mails at the wharf nearest to the post-office. Under this paragraph, however, the Minister has sole power to fix rates for carrying such mails. I would suggest to the Postmaster-General that it would be better to have a schedule of rates for carriage of mail matter, the department taking delivery from and giving delivery to a vessel wherever she may be lying. Under this law the department could deliver mails anywhere. That would be very inconvenient. The suggestion I have made comes from the Chamber of Commerce.

Senator Drake - We can fix that by regulations. We can decide that a certain rate shall be paid if the mails are taken at the wharf or at the ship's side.

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