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Tuesday, 30 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) -I shall ask the Postmaster-General to consider the honorable member's request for information as to when telephones may be provided for the applicants he has mentioned. Telephone facilities are being supplied as rapidly as possible. Since the end of the war at least 60,000 new telephones have been installed throughout Australia. Between 1939 and 1945, however, the Postmaster-General's Department was able to provide very few additional telephones. The principal difficulty to be overcome is the shortage of exchanges but buildings are being erected as rapidly as circumstances permit.

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