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Wednesday, 7 December 1983
Page: 3470

Question No. 767

Mr Ruddock asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 16 November 1983:

Did the Minister's Department, and any agencies reporting to the Minister, put in place alternative mailing arrangements during the recent Canberra mail strike ; if so, what was the cost in each case.

Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

No alternative mailing arrangements were made by my Department and its agencies during the recent mail strike in Canberra. Use was made of existing communication methods which include telephone, telex, facsimile transmission and the Government's period contract for air and road freight services. Extra costs may have been involved but it is not possible to identify and separate these from normal operating costs for these services.