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Wednesday, 9 November 1938

Mr McCALL (MARTIN, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I have in my hand a small registering instrument which is already being supplied to the Postal Department for use in recording the number of telephone calls made by each subscriber attached to an automatic telephone exchange. I am informed that it costs the . department approximately Vis., and that it is manufactured by a number of firms in Australia. In view of the widespread dissatisfaction among subscribers at their inability to check up on the number of calls for which they are charged, and as the suppliers of gas, electricity, and water make this facility available, will the Postmaster-General consider the possibility of having this instrument installed in the home of every telephone subscriber? If in the initial stage that is not found financially practicable, will hp consider enabling subscribers who elect to do so, to have it installed at a little extra cost?

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