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Thursday, 1 December 1938

Mr BERNARD CORSER (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) - Recently I received a reply from the Deputy Director of Posts and Telegraphs, Brisbane, that my request for the provision of telephone facilities on behalf of the Gunalda district residents had been considered but, unfortunately, that the costs involved could not he justified at the present time. In view of that reply 1 desire to know : Is it a fact that Hoffnung's building and land adjacent to the

Sydney post office in Pitt-street were recently purchased for approximately £300,000 ; was this amount provided from revenue; have shop-owners occupying the ground floor of Hoffnung's building at a rental from £20 to £25 a week been notified that they are on a weekly tenancy; is it a fact that the building is about to be demolished and another post office erected, bringing the total cost to approximately £1,000,000; will the amount be provided from revenue; when was the decision regarding this purchase and rebuilding arrived at; and is not the present upper floor space of Hoffnung's building conveniently situated for immediate post office use?

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - It is a fact that Hoffnung's building has been purchased by the Postal Department within the last twelve months, and that, the price paid was in the vicinity of that mentioned by the honorable member. I shall have the necessary information prepared with regard to the other matters mentioned by him.

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