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Wednesday, 18 July 1906

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Was it by his knowledge and authority that the telegraphic instruments connecting the Royal Exchange of Sydney with the General Post Office of that city had been suddenly removed without notice to the public?

2.   Has not the Exchange in question been a telegraphic centre for the commercial community for many years, and was it not one of the most important and frequently used centres in the State of New South Wales?

3.   Is he aware that telegrams from that part of the city have now to be sent to the General Post Office by messenger - a distance of over a quarter of a mile?

4.   Is he aware that the tube connexion between the Exchange and the General Post Office is out of order, and incapable of use for the purpose for which it has been established?

5.   Is he aware that the officials who bad been in the Exchange some years and had become acquainted with the special requirements of the mercantile community have been removed from that centre and inexperienced persons substituted ?

6.   Will he state the Departmental reasons for these several changes, and for thus reducing the business conveniences of the mercantile portion of the Sydney community ?

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