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OUR POSTAGE SYSTEM.

TO THE EDITOR.

Silt,—l have often been struck by what appears to me the absurdity of a part of our postage system in this colony. In these days, when an attempt is being made to bring about au ocean penny postage between Great Britain and the colonies, it does seem ludicrous that we should have to pay twopence for sending a letter a few yards beyond a certain, or uncertain, radius of a township. At the same time a letter can be sent from any part of New Zealand to any place in Australia for the same charge. This involves the carriage by sea for at least 1,200 miles, besidea the very long distance the letter may have to be conveyed in Austratralia ! Is not this preposterous ? Surely a penny then must be quite sufficient for the postage of a letter to any part of this colony. I think the time has arrived when our authorities on postal matters should seriously consider this question, and that it would be found that a penny postage in New Zealand would pay far better than the present rate—as cheapness in such matters has hitherto proved productive of a greater revenue than a higher tariff. If three letters should be sent in future, at onepenny each, instead of one at twopence (and I think there is little doubt this would result), then the revenue from postage would be increased by 00 per cent. Aa we require all the revenue in this colony we can fairly obtain, and as out postal arrangements are presumably complete, and the cost of delivery of the larger number Avould not be greater than at present, the suggestion might perhaps be considered with advantage both to the general public and the Post OHice : that a universal charge of one penny for a letter not weighing over half an oun:e should be adopted for our inland postage. The charge of one halfpenny for a newspaper is the same to any part of the colony.—lam, etc., Stamp. Duiicdin, Juno IS.

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OUR POSTAGE SYSTEM., Evening Star, Issue 7938, 20 June 1889

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OUR POSTAGE SYSTEM. Evening Star, Issue 7938, 20 June 1889

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