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(Per Press Association.)

WELLINGTON, March 6. A statement was published" locally on Monday to the effect that the. Federal Postmaster-General was arranging to/send ships within wireless range of the Commonwealth land stations a daily budget of 400 words of news at a cost of £24 per ship per annum. The statement further said. Mr Wynne had ordered a reduction to 6d a word for messages to all ships in Australasia. This .was referred to an official connected with the wireless telegraphy, and he explained that Mr Wynne, on his own responsibility, or, indeed, on behalf 'of the Australian Government, could "order" nothing. Before any arrangement could be arrived at the Marconi Company, n>r rather the Amalgamated "Wireless Company of Australasia, Ltd., would have to be consulted.

The matter of passengers on ships having a daily supply of * the. world's news was referred to the PostmasterGeneral. " The reduction to 6d per' . word mentioned ih the announcement." said Mr Rhodes, "would seem to indicate either,-that, the .Australian. Government has not fallen in with the reduction to od 'agreed to by Now' Zealand, or that it 'is not prepared . to be anything like so liberal to the public as it would appear it; is prepared to bo to the Press. The basis of chargeas set out is an unworkable one.' A fixed rate per steamer would be veryunfair to steamers which were. ( less frequently in wireless range. Some steamers performing regular intercolonial services are seldom out of wireless range, while other steamers are only in wireless range two or three days per month. Most of the intercolonial vessels between New Zealand a,nd Australia are within wireless range of New Zealand on an average about eight days per month, and in order that the present rate should be collected a.' charge of say £100 a year per vessel. would bo necessary. If siich a scheme were contemplated by the New Zealand Government .the charge would have to be based upon the number of days on which the messages were received: The present rate for wireless Press messages, 5s per 100 words, is an exceedingly low one, and unless it is the policy of the Government to expend the moneys of / the State to a' still greater degree on the circulation ofnmvs. 1 do not think the rate should be in 1 iv.iy way lowered. ,At our present vnfe n .400-word Press message would cost £l.only, and as vessels are within wireless range of New Zealand coming and going about two, days theaverage cost of news .would, be about £2 on each trip. There is another phase of the question to be considered. There arc usually six or more vessels within range at one time, and the sending of 400 words of Press matter to every one of these vessels would fairly block the transmission of private or other messages, particularly with outgoing boats which were graduf, ally getting out of range."

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WIRELESS MESSAGES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8810, 5 March 1914

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WIRELESS MESSAGES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8810, 5 March 1914