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Thursday, 29 November 1973
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Mr Bennett (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to postage stickers being sold as stamps within an area in Western Australia called the Hutt River Province on the Westonia Postal Company's property.

(2)   If so, what is the legal value of these stickers for use as postage stamps or collectors' items.

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I am aware that stickers bearing the name 'Hutt River Province Principality' are being sold under the guise of postage stamps on a property in Western Australia.

(2)   These stickers have no validity for postal purposes and any mail posted bearing only these stickers will be treated as unpaid mail. Mail to Australian addresses will be surcharged in accordance with our usual practice and international mail will be returned to sender because non-postal stickers on the front of items for overseas are prohibited under the Convention of the Universal Postal Union. These stickers have no philatelic value as they are not postage stamps, but they may have curiosity value.

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