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Telephone charging zone changes

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ν'ί';: }‘P\ Ministvf for Transport and Communications Senator Gareth Evans Q.C.

10 February 1988

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Coming changes to telephone charging zones for metropolitan and

adjoining areas will mean savings for hundreds of thousands of

Australian telephone users.

The changes, which I hope to be in a position to announce in the

coming Parliamentary session, were initiated by two House of

Representatives Standing Committee on Expenditure Reports in 1984

and 1986 on Telecom's zonal charging policies. In response to

those reports Telecom has1 been working on detailed feasibility

studies, which are now nearing completion.

The primary objective of the inquiries has been t<_ identify and

overcome inequities that have arisen as a result of the suburban

sprawl in Australia's larger capitals - particularly Sydney and

Melbourne - reaching in recent years what were formerly

essentially rural areas.

The intention and effect of the changes will be to reduce the

cost of phoning in a great many situations - and especially to

ensure that the calls which most people make most of the time,

within the whole metropolitan and adjoining areas, either remain

at, or are reduced to, local call rates.

No telephone call which is presently charged at the flat 20 cent

local rate will become subject to STD or any other form of time-

based charging.

Media reports suggesting that the zone changes that are now being

finalised represent some new form of proposal for time charging

of local telephone calls are complete and utter nonsense.

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