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Thursday, 21 June 1906

Mr McWILLIAMS (Franklin) . - The honorable member for Maranoahas brought under notice a matter relating to our telephone system. The whole trouble seems to be that the Department seeksto apply hard-and-fast regulations, without the slightest consideration for the varying circumstances of different localities. There does seem to have been in the framing of these regulations, an utter want of commonsense and business knowledge. In my own electorate, as the result of the operation of the regulations, an application made for a telephone exchange in terms which would have given the Department 30 per cent, profit in advance, could not be accepted. The Acting Postmaster- General has kindly consented to go through the papers with me, and I hope that it will be possible to carry out the arrangement. Any attempt to apply to outlying districts a hardandfast regulation applicable to cities, must fail absolutely, and a regulation which prevents the Government accepting a proposal from which they would derive a profit of 30 per cent, in advance, should be rescinded.

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