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Thursday, 5 April 1973
Page: 1123

Dr GUN (KINGSTON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question, which is addressed to the Postmaster-General, relates to unsolicited material being transmitted through the post and in particular to the 'Rhodesian Commentary', published by the Rhodesian Information Centre. Does this centre remain open in defiance of the Commonwealth Government which has the constitutional power to direct its closure? Does the journal of the Rhodesian Information Centre support a government which is in a state of rebellion against the British Crown? Will the PostmasterGeneral withdraw the registration of this newsletter for transmission as a periodical through the post?

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - What the honourable member said in the first part of his question is apparently the position. Of course, the Post Office has power to register publications for transmission at concessional rates. This usually falls within the ambit of the discretion of the Director of Posts and Telegraphs in each State. I will have inquiries made as to what is the present position concerning this publication and I will ascertain from what State transmission by post has been initiated. I do not know, apart from that, what action I would like to take except to say that I would like to ban this publication. If this publication were not registered for transmission as a periodical it would be treated as a packet and obviously more postage would be paid. I think it is in the interests of the Australian people that we clearly indicate that we do not favour this regime and anything that I can do to ensure that this transmission is not effected will be brought into being.

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