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Thursday, 23 November 1905


Senator KEATING - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   No.

2.   The Postmaster-General has not arrived at a final opinion with regard to this subject.


Senator HIGGS asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Does the Pacific Cable Board consist of eight members, three representing the Imperial Government, two Canada, two the Commonwealth, and one New Zealand?

2.   If so, what are the names of the various representatives on the Board, and the Governments they represent?


Senator KEATING - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The Postmaster-General is not aware of the names of the various representatives on the Board, as it is understood that changes have been made, the. particulars of which have not been communicated to him.


Senator HIGGS - Arising out of the reply, I wish to ask if the PostmasterGeneral is not aware of the names of the representatives of the Commonwealth on the Board ?


Senator KEATING - In his question, the honorable senator asked for the names of the various members of the Board. If he will give notice of any particular information which he desires, it will be obtained.


Senator HIGGS - Arising out of that answer, I desire to ask whether the PostmasterGeneral cannot supply the names of the two representatives of the Commonwealth, even if he cannot furnish the names of those who represent other Governments?


Senator KEATING - I do not know whether the Postmaster-General can supply this information, but I cannot. I understand that very recently there have been some changes in the personnel of the Board. I can ascertain for the honorable senator the namesof the two representatives of the Commonwealth.


Senator HIGGS - I do not blame the honorable and learned senator for not being able to answer my question at the present moment. I now ask the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice - 1.Has the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company been granted the use of a special telegraph line between Melbourne and Sydney ?

2.   Has the Pacific Cable Board been granted the use of a special telegraph line between Melbourne and Sydney, or between Sydney and Brisbane?


Senator KEATING - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes.

2.   No; the Pacific Cable Board is not at present in a position to make use of such lines.

Motion (by Senator Higgs) agreed to -

That there be laid on the table of the Senate a copy of the last statement of accounts received from the British Treasury by the PostmasterGeneral concerning the Pacific cable.







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