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Tuesday, 19 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL - It is anticipated that a supply of telephones for all intending subscribers who are at present waiting for telephones only in Sydney, will be available within ten days. There is, therefore, no necessity to consider the alternative suggested bythehonorable senator.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   What were the dates at which the successful tenderers for telephone instruments undertook to deliver them?

2.   When did the shipment leave England, and at what date is that supply expected to arrive in Australia?

Senator RUSSELL - The answers are -

1.   The dates on which the successful tenderer undertook to commence to deliver telephone instruments was from seven to eight months from tho date of receipt of order, which was about 14th October, 1020.

2.   Several shipments of the telephones under contract (which covered supplies for the whole Commonwealth) left England this year, and have been delivered in Australia. The first shipment left England on or about 8th March, 1021, and arrived in Australia on or about 7th May, 1921. A further shipment left England on or about 25th May, 1921, and is due to arrive in Sydney on or about 28th July, 1921.

The first shipment was ahead of time, but the incoming one will be about a fortnight late, owing to an accident to the Benalla.

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