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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator CLEMONS (TASMANIA) - Yes ; thoughwithout success. However, I do not claim any credit for what I have done. I am glad to welcome this little stranger now. Senator Keating might have said a little more to show that the other States will practically lose nothing by this reduction in rates. The estimated loss to the Commonwealth as a whole is .£5,600, which will be distributed amongst the six States on a per capita basis ; but it is extremely likely that the increase of business which will result will soon make up that loss. The fact that while telegrams could be despatched between any two points on the mainland for is., a higher rate was charged for Tasmania has, no doubt, kept many people from using the cable. I indorse Senator Keating's statement that the increase in traffic will, in a few years, make good any probable loss.

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