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Wednesday, 29 November 1905

Question - That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item "Conveyance of mails per Union S.S. Company's vessels under contract from and to Tasmania and Victoria, £11,000," by distributing the amount upon a per capita basis - put. The Committee divided.

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Question so resolved in the negative.

Request negatived.

Request (by Senator Mulcahy) proposed -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item " Conveyance of mails per Union S.S. Company's vessels under contract from and to Tasmania and Victoria,£11,000," by distributing£5,000 of the amount on a per capita basis.

Senator GIVENS(Queensland). - I voted for the request moved by Senator Clemons, because I think it is a good Federal principle that all mail carriage within the Commonwealth should be a Federal charge. I know there are similar cases elsewhere, with which we have not attempted to deal ; but the fact that we have missed our opportunity in respect to these, does not absolve us from doing what is right in the case of Tasmania. For that reason, although Queensland and Western Australia suffer, I am still prepared to extend this amount of justice to Tasmania. However, I rise to say that, in my view, either the whole amount should be a per capita charge, or no part of the amount. For that reason I cannot support the request submitted by Senator Mulcahy. The honorable! senator may laugh, but I think my position is perfectly logical.

Why should this £5,000 be placed on the Estimates as a per capita charge? Simply to provide better passenger accommodation, from which Tasmania benefits.







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