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Friday, 27 July 1906

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Postmaster-General) - I promised, on the 18th July, to furnish the honorable member for Grey with replies to four questions which he asked on that date relating to the closing on Saturdays of telegraph offices in the State of South Australia. The replies are as follow : -

1.   The inconvenience naturally caused by the public being unable to send telegrams on Saturdays during the hours at which telegraph offices are open for business on other week days.

2.   I am not aware that the inconvenience would be affected by thequestion of whether the Department was under State or Federal control.

3.   In no State do telegraph offices close at the early hour at which they were closed in South Australia on Saturdays.

4.   The question of uniformity with regard to the hours of closing telegraph offices throughout the Commonwealth is under consideration.

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