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Thursday, 9 August 1906

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - The following are the replies to the questions asked by the honorable member for Darling on the 2nd inst. in relation to the number of contract and unofficial post-offices in the Commonwealth, and the rule guiding the Department in determining whether a post-office shall be made an official or contract one : -

1.   The following figures, as at 31st July, 1906, have been furnished by the Deputy PostmastersGeneral of the several States : -

2.   A revenue of ,£400 per annum is required before an office can be raised to official status. When the revenue of an official office falls below £400 per annum with no apparent prospect of improvement, that office is reduced to contract or allowance status, unless there are special circumstances warranting its continuance as an official office.

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