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Thursday, 26 July 1906

Mr FISHER - The PostmasterGeneral has evidently not been following the discussion. The amendment now before us proposes -

That the contractors shall be required under clause 2 to call at the pons of Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane at a sum to be stated in the contract.

That is the amendment, as. proposed to be altered by the honorable member for Kooyong. The Government might very well ascertain from the contractors what extra subsidy would be demanded by them in the event of their being required to extend their service to Brisbane and Hobart. When the last mail contract was under discussion, I strongly urged that the steamers should go on to Brisbane, but I could not convince the House of the justice of my claim. Queensland certainly had some small concession made to her in connexion with the mileage rates, but it would be preferable to impose conditions such as those now proposed. If the House approve of the amendment, I am sure that their decision will be received with satisfaction in the two States which are at present excluded from direct advantage under the contract.

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