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Thursday, 26 November 1959

Mr DAVIDSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - Over a period of five or six years there has been a steady reduction in the number of outstanding applications for telephones. I speak from memory when I say that the gross number of outstanding applications about three or four years ago was between 70,000 and 80,000. That has been reduced to-day to something slightly over 40,000. Of course, as the honorable member has pointed out, there are still certain areas in which the number of outstanding applications is fairly high, but attention is being given to those areas. As an indication of the attitude of the Government on this matter I point out to the honorable member that the total amount made available from Consolidated Revenue for capital works in the Postal Department has been increased from £32,200,000 last year to £35,000,000 this year. The department is steadily catching up on the lag, as the figures I have quoted show.

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