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Friday, 31 October 1913

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - The Government Printing Office is under the Treasurer, and for that reason I am answering these questions. In reply to Senator Needham, I may say that it has not yet been decided how many stamps shall be issued. Certain computations are being made relative to the expense that will be incurred. That brings me to the statement made by Senator Findley, and I can assure him at once that the Postmaster-General has not, and never had, the idea of playing into the hands of stamp collectors. The question of quality is a totally different consideration. What the PostmasterGeneral is considering, and to the best of my belief he has not yet settled the point is whether it is desirable to slightly improve the quality of the paper on which our stamps are printed.

Senator Rae - It would be advisable.

Senator CLEMONS - From the point of view of the public, I dare say it would be, and an improvement in the quality of the paper will mean a slight addition to the cost.

Senator Needham - How many millions of kangaroo stamps are to be issued ?

Senator CLEMONS - So far as I know there will be one or two variations in the stamps which will be issued. The stamp to which my honorable friends refer so constantly has not been abolished in toto.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Divisions 10 to 14 (Defence Department), £992,311, agreed to.'

Divisions 15 and 16 (ExternalAffairs Department), £68,930.

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