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Thursday, 5 August 1920

Mr CUNNINGHAM (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

In view of the great demand for telephones and the greater disadvantages residents in the country districts live under compared with city people, who have public telephones within a reasonable distance of their residences, will the Minister give priority to country applicants for telephonic communication, many of whom live many miles from centres of civilization and particularly from medical aid?

Mr WISE - The policy of the Government in regard to public telephone lines in country districts, as notified some time back, provides for liberal treatment of applications for such communication, and requests which comply with the new liberalized conditions will be met in all cases where the requisite material can be obtained.

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