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Thursday, 8 April 1965

Senator ANDERSON - On 25th March Senator Cavanagh asked me the following question -

Can the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral inform me as to the reason why a telephone call from Adelaide to the eastern States is delayed an hour and a half from the time it is booked, and why it is necessary for the telephonist to ask the caller to limit the conversation to six minutes? Can he assure me that immediate remedial action will be taken?

The Postmaster-General has now furnished me with the following information in reply-

Telephone calls from Adelaide to Sydney, and to a lesser extent to Melbourne, ure subject to some delay during business hours, because of the exceptionally heavy growth of traffic.

To provide short term relief on both routes, twelve additional circuits are to bc provided between Adelaide and Melbourne and these should be in operation before the end of this year.

Full scale relief will be possible when a radio system has been completed between Adelaide and Melbourne in a little more than two years from now.

Restriction on the length of calls between Adelaide and the eastern Slates is not usual. On only two occasions recently, namely, 9th and 17th March, has it been necessary to limit calls to six minutes' duration.

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