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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator MACFARLANE (Tasmania) . - It is with great pleasure that I have heard the statement of the Minister. Four years ago, when the Post and Telegraph Rates Bill was before the Senate, I urged that equality amongst the States ought to be our first consideration. I have always held that it was not fair to charge is. 8d. for the transmission of a telegram to Tasmania, when on the mainland a message could be sent from Thursday Island to Western Australia for is. The Bill will abolish this injustice, and though it is estimated that the immediate result will be a. loss of £5.600 to the revenue, the increase in business will very soon make that up again. The whole Commonwealth will benefit by this reduction in rates, because a great number of persons on the mainland have occasion to send telegrams to Tasmania, especially in regard to mining matters.

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