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Friday, 20 March 1931

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - The introduction of this bill justifies the action taken by some honorable senators when the measure which it is to amend was before the Senate some time ago. That measure increased the rates of postage on various kinds of mail matter. Some honorable members on this side of the chamber contended that the increased rates on catalogues then proposed would have a detrimental effect upon trade, and predicted that it would not be long before there would be a marked decline in postal revenue in consequence of the additional imposts. We strongly urged the Government to reconsider its decision with respect to business catalogues, but a deaf ear was turned to our requests. We are not gloating over what we may term a victory, but deplore the fact that the revenue has suffered in consequence of an unnecessary amendment of the law. I am glad to find that the old rates are to be restored.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate.

Report adopted.

Standing and Sessional Orders suspended.

Bill read a third time.

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