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Wednesday, 30 June 1937

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) .- Some time ago, I directed a question to the Postmaster-General (Senator A. J. McLachlan) with reference to the unsatisfactory telephone service in Melbourne Central Exchange, which has not yet been converted to the automatic system.

I suppose it would be too much to expect such a well-managed department to hurry . up. and improve the service. I, for my sins, or perhaps for my many virtues, happen to be a subscriber of' Central Exchange, Melbourne, and I have an intimate knowledge of the annoyance caused by cross-line conversations, wrong numbers, and delays. If the automatic system is not to be installed at an early date, the Minister might at least see if the existing service can be made more efficient. I am sure that if he would cause inquiries to be made he would learn how seriously the business community of Melbourne is inconvenienced by the service now given by the antiquated central exchange there.

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