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Thursday, 31 March 1966

Mr Daly y asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

How many telephone applications are outstanding in (a) each State and (b) Australia at this date?

Mr Hulme - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows -

When assessing the number of waiting applicants for telephone service, the Post Office employs four categories descriptive of the stage a particular application has reached towards being satisfied. The four categories are -

Deferred Applications: Those applications where service cannot be offered pending major extensions of plant.

Applications under Engineering Investigation: Those applications which are being examined to see whether service can be offered or the application has to be deferred.

Quotations with Public: Those applications on which terms and conditions of service have been offered to the applicant but his acceptance is still awaited.

Connection of Service Proceeding: Those applications where terms and conditions have been accepted by the applicant, the necessary telephone order authority has been issued and the work has not yet been completed.

Unsatisfied Demand is assessed at the end of each calendar month.

The position as at 2Sth February, in each State and in the Commonwealth, was as follows -

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