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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 2108

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Postmaster-General. Will the Minister advise the Senate why so much difficulty is being encountered in Sydney by people who are trying to make trunkline telephone calls by dialling Oil? For the information of the Minister and the Postmaster-General, I recite the circumstances of one occasion involving myself. The elapsed time in trying to make the call was 10 minutes which was taken up as follows: 5 diallings with no response; 3 diallings to which I received an engaged signal; 2 diallings to which I received a recorded voice saying that I should check the telephone number and ring somebody else again; and on the final dialling it took 2 1 /4 minutes to obtain an answer.

Senator Mulvihill -ASIO again?

The PRESIDENT - Order! Senator Mulvihill, you must not anticipate the Minister's answer.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I know from my personal experience that there have been problems with the interstate telephone exchange. I do not know whether they still exist, but I assume from what Senator Cotton has said that they do. I will take up the matter with the Postmaster-General to see what can be done about it.

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