said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether any Correspondence has taken place between the Australian Government and the Home Government on the subject of a Fortnightly Postal Communication, subsequent to the Correspondence included in the Parliamentary Paper of 24th July 1868, and, if so, whether he has any objection to lay the same upon the Table of the House?
§ MR. MONSELL
said, in reply, that there had been a good deal of correspondence as to postal communication with the Australian colonies subsequent to that included in the Parliamentary Paper to which the hon. Member referred, arising chiefly out of the postal conference held in Melbourne. There were no public despatches specially on the subject of a fortnightly postal communication, but there would be no objection to produce the correspondence if 141 the hon. Gentleman chose to move for them. He might add that the colonial newspapers showed that great interest existed throughout Australia on this subject, and that all the colonies were anxious for a fortnightly postal communication.