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Notice given 13 May 2002

300  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) Is it the case that Telstra intends to close its Regional Call Centre at Warrnambool, Victoria on 21 June 2002; if so, why and how many jobs will be lost.

(2) Is it the case that Telstra intends to close its Regional Call Centre at Cooma, New South Wales; if so, why and how many jobs will be lost.

(3) Is there any intention on the part of Telstra to close or reduce the operation of its Regional Call Centre at Horsham, Victoria; if so, why and how many jobs will be lost.

(4) In the event of call centre closures, how does the Government or Telstra intend to offset the economic impact of the loss of jobs to those regions.

301  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) How many 1300 phonewords are currently available in the number pool managed by Industry Number Management Services Ltd (INMS) under the Australian Communications Authority (ACA).

(2) (a) What are the current processes, procedures and fees involved in businesses and not-for-profit organisations obtaining 1300 phonewords; and (b) do the processes, procedures or fees differ between businesses and not-for-profit entities.

(3) (a) Why is it possible to obtain 1300 phonewords only within the existing number pool; and (b) why will neither INMS nor the ACA consider or permit the issuing of specifically requested 1300 phoneword combinations outside of the available pool.

(4) Can the Minister please confirm that the 1300 phonewords yet to be released will not be subject to any public tendering or public auction process in the future.