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Thursday, 16 March 1961

Mr DAVIDSON - It is correct, as stated by the honorable member, that since the introduction of the Elsa system there has been an increase of charges in a comparatively small number of cases. As I stated, when this system was brought in, the department, realizing that certain anomalies must develop in the early stages of a scheme as wide as this, would be prepared to consider anomalies in relation to local call access or in relation to certain variations in trunk line charges. We have already dealt with a considerable number of applications for relief and are putting into effect the promise that all such cases would be investigated. 1 should be glad to have details of any particular cases which the honorable member has in mind - I believe I received one from him during the last three or four days. Having regard to the undertaking I gave that anomalies would be investigated, it will be of interest to the House to know that of 320 applications for relief the proportion of approvals to disapprovals was about 2 to 1 .

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