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Wednesday, 1 August 1906

Senator PULSFORD (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Is it true that in connexion with the recent telegraphicchess match between New South Wales and Victoria the New South Wales Association was charged full rates, amounting to about¬£8, whilst Victoria was only charged press rates, amounting, to about¬£2?

a.   If it is true that the New South Wales Association was charged four times the amount charged to the Victorian Association, will the Minister order the excess to be refunded?

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

1.   It is true that on the occasion referred to, full rates were charged in Sydney and press rates in Melbourne. The Acting Deputy PostmasterGeneral, Sydney, reports that full rates werecharged there, because the messages containing the moves of the game were held not to be bond fide press telegrams.

2.   The Postmaster-General is making full in- . quiry intothe circumstances of this case, and the rates charged.


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