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Wednesday, 2 October 1974
Page: 1580

Senator DURACK (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question which is directed to the Postmaster-General is related to the increased postal charges which took effect from yesterday, 1 October. Were all the proposed increases in postal charges included in the legislation passed by the Senate recently, or are some of them yet to be implemented by regulation? I refer particularly to postal charges for overseas mail. Can the Minister give the Senate that information?

Senator BISHOP - Over the years- in fact, during the period of office of previous governmentsit has been considered to be adequate, once the legislation has been passed by the Parliament, for the tariffs applying to international mail to be simply promulgated. But because of new advice from the Attorney-General 's Department and having regard, I suppose, to the reasons put up by that Department in relation to the need for a new and sensitive outlook on international protocols and conventions, this matter was debated and it was considered that the thing to do now is to increase international mail charges by regulation. Senator Murphy and I conferred on this matter and we felt that although the practice followed in the past had been sufficient we would accede to the new advice we had received. I hope that the Executive Council will enact today the regulation which will increase the international charges.

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