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Wednesday, 30 October 1912

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - I suppose that the Government are satisfied that no fraud can be committed under the administration of this measure. I have, however, been informed that it will be the easiest thing in the world to cheat the revenue if the machines provided for in the Bill are brought into use. I am not prepared now to go into details, but I was shown an article 011 Saturday last by means of which an imitation of a Government stamp might be impressed upon letters, documents, newspapers, and other postal matter. I was informed that this contrivance could be, and is being, manufactured for 2s. 6d., and also that it is being used in New Zealand. I wish to know whether the attention of the Government has been directed to the facility with which the marks made by these recording machines can be imitated, and whether they are satisfied in the circumstances that no fraud upon the postal revenue is likely to be committed? I have not sufficient information on the subject to be more definite, but the person who showed me the article to which I have referred told me that it would be the simplest matter in the world to perpetrate a fraud upon the revenue under this Bill.

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