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Tuesday, 7 June 1994
Page: 1438

(Question No. 1308)


Senator Alston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications and the Arts, upon notice, on 7 April 1994:

  (1) Given that, according to the Australian Association of the Deaf Inc (AAD), it has been attempting to meet with the Government since the 1993-94 Budget to discuss the establishment of a National TTY Relay Service, on what basis has the Government refused to meet with AAD to discuss this matter.

  (2) On what basis has the Government failed to consult with the AAD on any of the recommendations from the 1992-93 feasibility study on a National TTY Relay Service.


Senator McMullan —The Minister for Communications and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) The Government has agreed to the establishment of a National TTY Relay Service in the Budget. This follows the evaluation of a trial that was completed in July 1993. The $26.1 million appropriated for the service reflects the Government's commitment to ensure that the deaf and speech impaired community have access to the basic telecommunications services.

  (2) The Government will continue to consult with interested parties on the implementation of a National TTY Relay Service.