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Tuesday, 22 November 1960

Mr DAVIDSON - I do not know that it is correct to say that in the great majority of cases the introduction of the extended local service area system has brought about a doubling of trunk-line charges for people in outlying districts. I know that there are many areas in which trunk-line rates have been reduced. This follows on the fact that the original number of 22 trunk-line divisions has been reduced to eight divisions. There have been some increases, and there have been some reductions. I think that, by and large, the advantage has been with the subscriber rather than with the department in this matter. However, I have found, as the result of representations made to me by various honorable members, that certain anomalies have developed. As I said previously, we are always, prepared to look at those anomalies. While I give this reply to the honorable gentleman in general terms I also invite him to give me the details of any particular case he has in mind, and I shall be quite happy to look at it.

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