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Thursday, 8 September 1983
Page: 536

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That the current intention of Telecom Australia to increase the International Particular Person Fee and introduce a charge on the Ring Back Price service will :

substantially affect the ability of the manual assistance area of Telecom's operations to compete effectively with STD and ISD.

Such pricing discrimination in favour of direct dialling and away from operator assisted calls will affect the future viability of a personalised, reliable manual assistance service

The ramifications of such a pricing policy will also ultimately affect the employment of thousands of Telephonists and Supervisors currently working in this area

Contravene the spirit of the current Prices and Incomes Policy which Telecom as a public authority should be a party to

We the undersigned believe that the provision of a personalised telephone service is an essential component in any Telecommunication system. Australia has a long history of service from the manual assistance area and we cannot now allow Telecom's pricing policies to endanger the continuation of this service.

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that your Honourable House will call on the Government to intervene to stop Telecom's proposed charges increase and so ensure the future viability of Australia's manual assistance telephone network.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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