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Wednesday, 22 October 1913

Senator LONG - In view of the fact that a number of public bodies in Tasmania have carried resolutions in opposition to the proposed mail contract between the Commonwealth Government and the shipping companies, will the Government recognise the wisdom of delaying the signing of the contract until such time as those public bodies have had an opportunity of placing their representations before the Government?

Senator CLEMONS - I should say that, from the point of view of the Government, the " wisdom " alleged is scarcely visible. In regard to representations, the information that has reached the Government shows that divergent views are held. The Government would have to look at half-a-dozen different views if they were inclined, or desired - which they are not - to change their own.

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