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Tuesday, 13 September 1983
Page: 723

Question No. 256


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 26 May 1983:

(1) Has the Chairman or the Managing Director of Australia Post written to him proposing that Australia Post should conduct an electronic post service; if so, on what date did he receive the letter or letters.

(2) Has he replied to the letter or letters; if so, (a) on what date did he write to Australia Post and (b) will he make this correspondence available to me for inspection.

(3) Has the Government decided that Australia Post should be permitted to conduct an electronic post service; if so, on what date was that decision made.

(4) Did he advise Australia Post that it could call for tenders for a consultancy service concerning a possible national electronic post service to provide improved postal services; if so, on what date did he give that advice to Australia Post.

(5) Has his Department or Australia Post made any estimate of the cost of implementing a national electronic post service; if so, what is that estimate.

(6) What effect would the cost of implementing a national electronic post service have on the cost of postal services.


Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question, based in part on advice from the Australian Postal Commission, is as follows:

(1) to (3) I announced on 12 April 1983 that Australia Post would be permitted to operate an electronic mail service.

(4) to (6) Australia Post has called tenders for a consultancy on a national electronic mail service. The consultants will report on the whole range of issues surrounding the provision of electronic mail services including estimates of costs.