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Tuesday, 5 December 1905
Page: 6190

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   It is considered to be so, as the special rate referred to is required in connexion with the guarantee provided for in an agreement entered into between the State of Tasmania and the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company, prior to the transfer of the telegraph service to the Common- wealth, and it was at the request of the Tasmanian Government, provided for in the Post and Telegraph Rates Act 1902. The subsidy referred to is also included in that agreement.

2.   Telegraph charges within the Commonwealth are regulated and governed by the Post and Telegraph Rates Act 1902, and they cannot be altered without legislation.

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