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Thursday, 8 July 1920


Mr WISE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   It is, unfortunately, a fact that the position is serious in Sydney. This condition has been brought about by the limited funds which the Treasury has been able to make available from time to time during the past six years, as well as the cost and difficulty of obtaining material, which factors have rendered it impossible to carry out the necessary works in the Sydney network.

2.   In March last, the Acting Treasurer gave approval for this Department to invite tenders for material to be delivered during the present financial year, and a large portion of this sum has been utilized to obtain material and apparatus for Sydney, which, when received should improve the service to some extent.

3.   It is a fact that a largo number of persons are unable to obtain telephone facilities, although application was made months ago, for the reasons given in answer to question No. 1, but it is not the practice of the Department to retain the deposits unless the applicants desire the Department to do so.

4.   No effort is being spared to overtake arrears, but it is not possible to give any definite information as to when telephone connexions can be given, owing to the fact that the material which is necessary to give service has to be obtained from abroad, and the conditions existing overseas are such that no definite date of delivery can be given by the manufacturers, who are unwilling to bind themselves to specific dates.







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