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Tuesday, 25 November 1941


Mr MARWICK (Swan) . - I wish to be clear about some points in connexion with this bill. I desire, first, to know why there is no reference in it to telephone rates. On the 12th November a regulation varying the charges for telephone calls was promulgated. For what reason was that matter dealt with by regulation, whilst the introduction of a bill was deemed necessary before additional postal rates could be levied ? Under the regulation to which I have referred there will be a general reduction of telephone charges in Sydney and Melbourne. The charge for conversations of three minutes over distances exceeding 15 miles, but not exceeding 25 miles, is to be reduced by 2d., whereas in respect of conversations over country telephone lines, not exceeding 50 miles, there is to be an increase of 3d.; in respect of calls over a distance exceeding 50 miles, but not exceeding 100 miles, the increased charge will be 6d.; and for conversations beyond 100 miles, but not exceeding 500 miles, the increased rate will amount to 9d. In Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart, telephone conversations over distances exceeding 10 miles, but not more than 20 miles, will cost 2d. less, whilst for distances exceeding 20 miles, but not exceeding 25 miles, the reduction will be1d. Those rates indicate a distinct discrimination between telephone subscribers in the metropolitan area and those connected to country exchanges.







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