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Post and Telegraph Rates Act 1920

Authoritative Version
  • - C1920A00027
  • No longer in force
Act No. 27 of 1920 as made
An Act to amend the Post and Telegraph Rates Act 1902-1918.
Date of Assent 01 Oct 1920
Date of repeal 01 Jul 1975
Repealed by Postal and Telecommunications Commissions (Transitional Provisions) Act 1975

POST AND TELEGRAPH RATES.

No. 27 of 1920.

An Act to amend the Post and Telegraph Rates Act 19021918.

[Assented to 1st October, 1920.]

BE it enacted by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:—

Short title and citation.

1.—(1.)  This Act may be cited as the Post and Telegraph Rates Act 1920.

(2.)  The Post and Telegraph Rates Act 19021918 is in this Act referred to as the Principal Act.

(3.)  The Principal Act, as amended by this Act, may be cited as the Post and Telegraph Rates Act 19021920.

Commencement.

2.  This Act shall commence on a day to be fixed by proclamation.

Rates to be paid on Goverment correspondence.

3.  Section five of the Principal Act is amended by omitting all words from and including the words “subject to such regulations” to and inclusive of the words “Commonwealth Meteorological Department”.

Repeal of section 6a.

4.  Section six a of the Principal Act is hereby repealed.

Newspapers.

5.  Part I. of the First Schedule to the Principal Act is omitted and the following Part inserted in its stead:—

“Part I.—Newspapers.

On all newspapers, printed and published in Australia, posted for delivery within the Commonwealth (without condition as to the number contained in each addressed wrapper) by—

One penny and a halfpenny per twenty ounces on the aggregate weight of newspapers posted by any one person at any one time.

(a) the proprietors thereof to bonâ fide subscribers and to newsvendors and agents for bonâ fide trade requirements;

 

(b) newsvendors and agents to bonâ fide subscribers and to other newsvendors and agents for bonâ fide trade requirements; and

 

(c) newsvendors and agents for return to the publishing office.

 

On other newspapers posted within the Commonwealth for delivery therein

For each newspaper—One penny per ten ounces or part of ten ounces.”


 

Part II.—Postal Articles

6.     Part II. of the First Schedule to the Principal Act is repealed and the following Part inserted in its stead:—

“Part II.—Postal Articles.

First Column.

Second Column.

Postal Articles.

Rates of Postage.

Letters....................................................................................................................

2d. per  oz.

Letter Cards............................................................................................................

Single, 2d. each

 

Reply, 2d. each half

Post Cards..............................................................................................................

Single, d. each

 

Reply, d. each half

Printed papers, as prescribed..................................................................................

1d. per 2 oz. or part of 2 oz.

Books printed outside Australia, except as prescribed

1d. per 4 oz. or part of 4 oz.

Books printed in Australia, except as prescribed....................................................

1d. per 8 oz. or part of 8 oz.

Magazines, that is to say—

 

(a) Magazines, reviews, and other similar publications, wholly set up and printed in Australia, and published for sale in numbers at intervals not exceeding three months

For each magazine, 1d. per 8 oz. or part of 8 oz.

(b) Magazines, reviews, and other similar publications (including newspapers), not wholly set up and printed in Australia, and published for sale in numbers at intervals not exceeding three months

For each magazine, 1d. per 4 oz. or part of 4 oz.

Catalogues wholly set up and printed in Australia

For each catalogue, d. per 4 oz. or part of 4 oz.

Hansard, that is, reports of Parliamentary debates printed and published by the authority of the Commonwealth or of a State

1d. per 12 oz. or part of 12 oz.

Commercial papers, patterns, samples, and merchandise, as prescribed

d. per 2 oz. or part of 2 oz.

Repeal of Part III.—War Postage.

7.  Part III. of the First Schedule to the Principal Act is hereby repealed.

Ordinary Telegrams.

8.  Part I. of the Second Schedule to the Principal Act is repealed and the following Part is inserted in its stead:—

“Part I.—Ordinary Telegrams.

Town and Suburban, within prescribed limits, or within fifteen miles from the sending station.

Other places within the State, except Town and Suburban.

Inter-State, i.e., from any one State to any other State.

Including address and signature—

 

 

 

Not exceeding sixteen words

Ninepence..............................

One shilling............................

One shilling and fourpence

Each additional word

One penny..............................

One penny..............................

One penny

Double the foregoing rates shall be charged for the transmission of—

(a) telegrams on Sunday, Christmas Day, and Good Friday;

(b) urgent telegrams;

(c) telegrams sent after hours as prescribed; and

(d) telegrams on the public service when required, under section ninety-five of the Post and Telegraph Act 19011916, to be transmitted before other telegrams.

The foregoing rates are exclusive of porterage charges.”


 

Press telegrams.

9.  Part II. of the Second Schedule of the Principal Act is repealed and the following Part is inserted in its stead:—

“Part II.—Press Telegrams.

(a)   Press Telegrams within the Commonwealth relating to Parliamentary, Executive, Departmental, and other Commonwealth Proceedings as prescribed—

Including address and signature—

 

Not exceeding twenty-five words....................................

One shilling and fourpence

Exceeding twenty-five but not exceeding fifty words

One shilling and eightpence

Exceeding fifty but not exceeding one hundred words

Two shillings

Every additional fifty words Or portion of fifty words

Eightpence

(b) Other Press Telegrams—

Within any State.

Inter-State, i.e., from any one State to any other State.

Including address and signature—

 

 

Not exceeding twenty-five words............

Eightpence...............

One shilling and fourpence

Exceeding twenty-five but not exceeding fifty words

Elevenpence.............

One shilling and tenpence

Exceeding fifty but not exceeding one hundred words

One shilling and ninepence

Three shillings and sixpence

Every additional fifty words or portion of fifty words

Eightpence...............

One shilling and fourpence

The rates specified in this Part are exclusive of porterage charges.”

Letter telegrams and shipping telegrams.

10.   Part III. of the Second Schedule to the Principal Act is repealed and the following Parts are inserted in its stead:—

“Part III.—Letter Telegrams, as Prescribed.

Including address and signature, One shilling and threepence for the first thirty words and one halfpenny for each additional word.

Double the foregoing rate shall be charged for the transmission of letter telegrams on Sunday, Christinas Day, and Good Friday.”

“Part IV.—Shipping Telegrams.

Telegrams, relating to the movements of shipping, sent by officers of the Commonwealth Navigation and Lighthouse Services, for the purpose of being posted up at telegraph offices—the same rates as are specified in division (b) of Part II. of this Act.”.