HC Deb 27 June 1889 vol 337 cc884-5

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether his attention has been directed to a letter in the Melbourne Argus, of 26th April, in which it is stated that the mails from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania, are every week detained in Adelaide For 55 hours, waiting the departure of the steamer to Europe; and, whether he will use his influence to remedy this grievance?


I have seen the letter to which the hon. Member refers, and I am aware that the mails from the various Colonies are despatched considerably earlier than they need be if a Colonial train service were organised in direct correspondence with the departure of the packet. The whole question of the inter-Colonial train service and the day of departure from Adelaide is a difficult one, and has been for some time receiving my careful consideration in conjunc- tion with the Australian Agents-General in London. The whole delay would be obviated if the Colonial Authorities were to establish a mail train from Melbourne to Adelaide on Saturday evenings.