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Friday, 15 December 1905

Senator KEATING - Yesterday I made inquiries as to the progress made, and', on behalf of the Postmaster-General, I have to say that when he set out to consider the conditions of tender, he found that inquiries would have to be instituted into a variety of matters arising out of the developments of ocean communication, that those inquiries have been set on foot and that he does no) expect to receive the necessary information to enable him to frame the conditions before at least the end, of this month. He is not in a position at the present time to state the conditions on which tenders will be called. Inquiries will have to be made outside Australia, and the information which is desired is not expected to be to hand until at least about the end of the year. Under these circumstances, it will be impossible to lay upon the table of either House at this time any set of conditions which could be said to be the conditions on which tenders will be invited.

Senator CLEMONS - Arising out of that answer of the Minister, I should like to ask if the result will probably be that the tender will be accepted before Parliament meets again ? I understand that tenders are now being called for. Will they be so framed that Parliament will not have an opportunity of seeing them until they have been dealt with?

Senator KEATING - I am not in a position to answer thatqueston. I do not know when the call for tenders will go out, nor do I know what time will be allotted for the receipt of them.


Pacific Islands Mail Services : New Guinea : Case of Mr. Richmond.

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