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Tuesday, 27 November 1973

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?

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