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Thursday, 11 November 1976

Mr Gillard (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1 ) On what basis does the Australian Postal Commission and the Australian Telecommunications Commission issue invitations to open new facilities.

(2)   Why do the plaques commemorating the opening of a facility contain names additional to those of the person opening that facility and the name of the local Federal member.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The opening ceremony is usually performed by the Minister, a Commissioner or in the case of the Australian Telecommunications Commission by its State Manager.

(2)   Both Commissions invite the local Federal member and also a Senator from the opposing political party. Both these Parliamentarians participate in the ceremony and for this reason the Australian Postal Commission has recorded their attendance and participation on the plaque. There have been no occasions on whicha commemorative plaque has been affixed to the four new facilities opened by the Australian Telecommunications Commission.

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