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Wednesday, 2 October 1974
Page: 1583

Senator BESSELL (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Postmaster-General. Is it true that under the Post and Telegraph Bills passed last week provincial newspapers distributing in rural areas have either one of two alternatives, namely, to distribute all newspapers through the Post Office which does not make deliveries on Saturdays or pay a rate of postage 6 times as great by way of penalty if the alternative means of distribution used at present are continued? If the latter is the case, as outlined in yesterday's Tasmanian North-West Coast 'Advocate', does not the Minister agree that this is not only unfair to the large distribution area outside the urban delivery service but also distinctly dictatorial and discriminatory against the rural areas and the decentralised Press?

Senator BISHOP - The case mentioned by the honourable senator was brought to my attention last night by Mr Ron Davies, the member for Braddon. It was pointed out- if the honourable senator would look at the Bill which went through Parliament he will see this himself- that the position as outlined by the editor of the 'Advocate' is not correct. If the honourable senator likes I will give him a copy of the circular which was sent to Mr Ron Davies for his information.

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