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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 990

(Question No. 2595)

Mr Macphee asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 20 November 1985:

Has Telecom refused to grant permits for certain telephones manufactured by Tyree Electrical Company Pty Ltd; if so, (a) did Telecom regard the use of these telephones as posing a significant risk to the safety or integrity of the Telecom network and (b) was the reason for the refusal related to Telecom's desire to protect its monopoly on the provision of certain categories of telephone apparatus.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

On 8 April 1986 my Senior Private Secretary wrote to the Member for Goldstein to advise that the matters raised in his question were the subject of court proceedings and it would be inappropriate for me to comment upon them until the court action was finalised.

As the matters are still before the court and there is no indication of when they might be settled, I am obliged to advise the honourable member formally that I remain unable to comment.