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Thursday, 4 May 1939

Mr JAMES - Can the PostmasterGeneral inform the House what procedure is adopted by the officers of his department before they cut off the telephones connected to the premises of subscribers who are suspected of conducting starting-price betting? There are numerous complaints that telephones have been cut off without any intimation whatever being given by the department of its intention to do so. . Does the Minister think that it is fair for departmental officers to listen-in to private conversations? If it is the policy of the department to continue that practice, how does the Postmaster-General expect to obtain new subscribers for telephone services?

Mr HARRISON - I shall have the inf ormation obtained and let the honorable member know.

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