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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2420

Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) - I shall convey to the Postmaster-General (Sir Alan Hulme) what Senator Wheeldon has said. As 1 think he is aware, this issue has been aired in regard to other States where a comparable situation exists. It does cause concern, particularly to people in country areas. But I think it is one of the developments which progress and increasing population produce. I live in the metropolitan area of Melbourne. I think that the telephone directory we have at the present time, which seems to cover an increasingly smaller area of the metropolis, is large enough and cumbersome enough as it is. I would hate to see the day when we had a telephone directory which comprehended in the one volume all the telephone subscribers in the State of Victoria. That is a very real consideration. I imagine there was a time when all the telephone subscribers in Western Australia could be conveniently comprehended in the one telephone directory, but I think that with the expansion that has occurred in the West, particularly in the last 12 or so years, one woud expect that the present type of development would be occurring. I know there are problems. Maybe the problem is to be met by making telephone directories freely available to those who want them. I think that this is the position in Tasmania, if I recall an answer I gave recently on behalf of the Postmaster-General. These are by way of comments made in response to an entertaining speech from Senator Wheeldon. I assure him that I will convey what he has said to the PostmasterGeneral.

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