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The Postal Rates.

(PER PRESS ASSOCIATION.)

(Received April 22, 1.33 p.m.) Melbourne, April 22,

The Hon. P. T. Derham, PostmasterGeneral, is not inclined to accept the proposed reduction of colonial postal rates, as Victoria has already ■ incurred heavy loss in reducing inland, postages, and he considers any further concession in opportune. If, however,, the other colonies accept the proposalf^itfwould be invidious for Victoria $o stand out. . Brisbane; April 22. , The Postmastei'-C^ne'raP'statßS that he is unable to express dn opinion on ' the question until further information .has been received as to,'"W^at* loss the reductipn proposed m^eans^thecplony. Adelaide, April 22. It is understood .that; the Government are likely to oppose any alteration, in the postal ratesirivolvijig-loss of revenue. ■•*';<-<.■>»..>, ...^

Sydney, April 22.

It is estimated that, if,tfie postages are reduced by all routes,! this colony will suffer'"a loss .'pf ' about '"£13,000 annually,. , The Gov^fnVgnf afait full details .before taking any steps In the matter.;-.- . -*,\- -r^^i-n,/ t-;W ■ '

The Government have not received any communication from the Agent-General. with reference'to'Mr'Gfosetien's proposed reduction of colonial postal rates. Mr Gray, Secretary of the Postal Department, states that the question cannot be discussed until something, definite is heard from Homfe as (to the manner in which the colony is.tpfyerecouped,for the heavy' loss which it would sustain by adopting the' reduction. If it is not intended to recoup the Colony and the proposal is accepted,, the. serious question will be the one of ways and means to make up the deficiency,, .-and. Mr Gray. considers the present rates less burdensome than^the imposition of a r special tax would be.! Howey(Br,;if the letter rate is fixed at 2£d he thinks it would-be better for New Zealand -to "jorajjAeJPos&l Union and then the question of the reduction of colonial* and intercolonial-! Jf rates ' would have to be', considered^A, reduction in this direction would necessary entail further loss to/the Colony.. Mr Gray doubts 'whether! thel Außtwdjan Colonies, all of which, except New Zealand, showed a deficency'in the postal revenue last year, will" accept,.the reduction. ?■ The Postal officials are now; engaged' inlpreparing a return showing to. jwJi&jC ejijsjafe£ the reduction would affect; this .Colony.^

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The Postal Rates., Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 3407, 22 April 1890

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The Postal Rates. Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 3407, 22 April 1890

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