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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2081

To the Honourable the Speaker and the 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 plan by the Australian Telecommunications Commission to remove the Local Directory Assistance services from Dubbo will place in jeopardy the existing services to telephone subscribers in the district by:

1. The loss of any local knowledge of the town and district being available to telephone users if the directory assistance service is moved to another centre,

2. The loss of a local and personalised service provided especially to elderly and handicapped people, ethnic groups, etc.

3. The loss of revenue to local businesses when a distant directory assistance operator without a detailed knowledge of Dubbo and its surrounds is unable to give a correct telephone directory listing.

We the undersigned believe that Telecom Australia should be instructed to seek the views of country telephone subscribers before proceeding with the closure of the Dubbo directory assistance service.

Your petitioners humbly pray that your Honourable House will call on the Government to halt the closure of the Dubbo directory assistance service.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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