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Wednesday, 21 August 1912

Senator KEATING (TASMANIA) - I desire to ask the Honorary Minister whether the attention of the Postmaster- Genera I has been drawn to the circumstances that the steamer Wau chope,' which, carrying mails, passengers, and cargo, was due in Melbourne from King Island on Thursday last, did not arrive here till yesterday or to-day ; that the delay was due to the fact that she was detained at King Island through stress of ' weather ; and that, in consequence of there being no telegraphic communication with King Island, her whereabouts was not definitely known to anybody except the residents of that island P Has his attention been drawn to the further circumstance that there is on King Island a privately-owned wireless station, erected under licence from the Department, unstaffed and idle; and, if so, -will he take steps to either acquire staff and operate the station, or provide other telegraphic facilities with the island, so that it will be in touch with the rest of the Commonwealth ?

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