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Wednesday, 10 October 1956


Mr Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) m asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice - 1; How many applications for telephones are outstanding within the unit-fee area of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Newcastle?

2.   What is the radius of the unit-fee area from the general post office in each of these cities?


Mr Davidson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Sydney 30,535; Melbourne, 23,667; Brisbane, 104; Adelaide, 7,284 Perth, 5,155; Hobart, 446; Newcastle, 1,299. The relatively small number of outstanding applications in Brisbane is due mainly to the large amount of telephone plant provided for the armed forces in the war period which was available for normal purposes when hostilities ceased, the lower rate of demand for services than in other capital cities and the availability of labour and building materials during post-war years when there was generally an acute shortage in other capitals. These factors have been taken into account when preparing the overall programme of capital works.

2.   Sydney and Melbourne, 15 miles. Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Newcastle, 10 miles.

Postal Buildings in Lang Electorate.


Mr Stewart (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) t asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   What repairs, renovations or extensions are proposed for post offices and telephone exchanges in the electoral division of Lang during the year 1956-57?

2.   Is it intended to provide any new buildings?

3.   Are the existing post offices and telephone exchanges considered to be adequate to serve the needs of the district?


Mr Davidson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Repairs and maintenance to the Lakemba post office and telephone exchange have just been completed. The Bankstown and Kingsgrove post offices are to be painted externally.

2.   No.

3.   Most of the post offices and exchanges in the Lang electorate are providing reasonably adequate service at present. Although conditions at some of them could be improved, priority must be given to centres where the needs are much more urgent. Bankstown is the least satisfactory office in the area and a proposal for the extension of the building is listed on the department's three-year building programme. The work will be undertaken as soon as the circumstances permit.







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