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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3711

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(1)   How many outstanding applications for telephones exist in each telephone exchange district in Australia.

(2)   On what date was the longest outstanding application made in each district.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   There are more than 5700 exchanges throughout Australia and Telecom Australia is not able to readily provide statistics individually for each district, but has supplied in the following table information in respect of (a) metropolitan and (b) country regions in each state. Should the honourable member have a particular district in mind, I would be pleased to obtain the desired information for that district.


(2   ) Records are not kept in a form which would enable the longest outstanding application in each district to be readily identified. However, for the month of October the average delays in the various States in providing telephone services (excluding 11 192 deferred applications, that is, those involving major line plant or equipment installations) ranged from 1 7 to 37 days in metropolitan areas and from 27 to 4 1 days in country regions.

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