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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1952

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) -Is the Minister representing the Postmaster-General able to confirm that the number of money orders issued and the number of articles registered has fallen markedly since the rates were increased in the last Budget? Do these high costs not prevent many low income people from using these PMG facilities? Has not the point of diminished return now been reached where less money is coming to the Postmaster-General's Department at least from money orders and registered articles?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am not aware of the answer to the first portion of the honourable senator's question and because the answers to the other portions of this question are dependent upon the answer to the first portion of the question I suggest that the honourable senator place the question on the notice paper. Incidentally, I might mention that this year is the fiftieth anniversary of broadcasting in Australia and I understand that a stamp commemorating this event has been issued today by the PostmasterGeneral.

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