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Thursday, 23 October 1913

Senator MAUGHAN asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice-

1.   If the Minister has seen the following paragraph appearing in the Brisbane Daily Standard of 23rd September,1913 : -


" An important point in connexion with the new wireless service from Townsville has been raised by Messrs. Samuel Allen and Sons in a letter to the Townsville Chamber of Commerce (says a Townsville paper). The letter points out that before a. wireless message can be sent toa steamer approaching Townsville, the message has first to be sent to Brisbane and repeated back to the local telegraph office, and then sent to the radio station. The firm in question has sent a letter of protest to the secretary, G.P.O., Melbourne, complaining of this very unsatisfactory state of affairs, and pointing out that as far as exports are concerned Townsville is a larger port than Brisbane, and stating that in one particular instance the firm handed in a telegram to the telegraph office on the 5th inst. to be sent to the steamer Luneberg, and before that message got back to Townsville the vessel was alongside the wharf. The firm urged that arrangements should be made for the direct despatch of radio messages locally"?

2.   Will the Minister give instructions to enable the Townsville Post Office to have full powers in the direction indicated?

Senator McCOLL - The answers are -

1.   No; but the letter in question has been received from the firm referred to.

2.   Arrangements are being made, and instructions will shortly be issued, to enable all radio traffic to be dealt with directly by the station indicated by the sender, as the station of disposal. This will enable radio traffic to be dealt with locally at Townsville as desired.

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