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Friday, 17 July 1931

Mr CUSACK (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for

Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Hashe seenthe report of the chairman of the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Limited, Sydney, reported in the Sydney Morning Herald of the 24th ultimo, wherein it is stated that the directors of that company had decided to dispense with the charge of meter rents, and that the first light and power meter was supplied free to consumers?

2.   What was the contract price for the supply to the Federal Capital Commission of the household type of electric light and power meter now in Canberra?

3.   What is the estimated life of these meters?

4.   What are the charges made to the householder in Canberra for hire of light and power meters?

5.   What proportion of this charge represents capital charge, and what proportion represents annual interest charge?

6.   What rate of interest is being charged for the hire of these meters after deduction of capital charge?

7.   In view of the decision of the Sydney Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Limited, and the general reduction in interest charges, will the Minister be prepared to reconsider the existing high charges made in Canberra for meters?

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