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(PMG 122/67)




Statement by the Postmaster-General

(The Hon. Alan S. Hulme, M.P.)

Total revenue last financial year of the Overseas Telecommunications

Commission (Australia) rose from $15·1 million to $18.8 million, expenditure

from $11 million to $12.9 million and net profit from $4 million to $5·8

million. . -

The Commission's Annual Report for the year, tabled'today in

Parliament by the Postmaster-General, Mr. Alan Hulme, said that it reflected

the continuing growth in demand for telecommunications services and return on

the substantial capital invested in recent years on modern telecommunications


Demands for all types of international communications increased

substantially during the year and traffic revenue rose by over 25/·

The Sharpest increase was in leased circuit revenues which went up

by 57/·

Increases in other international traffic were; telephone calls 28.75/;

telex 14.47/; and telegrams 10/. ·

O.T.C. revenue from commercial ship-to-shore radio services rose by

8.5/ while total expenditure in this field rose by 7*7/· The net fixed assets of the O.T.C. now exceeds $42 million.

The Commission owns a 25/ share in the COMPAC cable, a 28/ share in

the SEACOM cable and, with a 2.5/ share, is the sixth largest shareholder in

the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT).

The Commission last year commenced leased commercial satellite

services from its $3 million Carnarvon earth station for satellite communication;

continued to contribute, financially and technically, towards the 56-nation

International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium, in which Australia is

one of the foundation members; constructed a- $2.5 million international high-

frequency radio transmitting station at Gnangara in Western Australia to

strengthen communications across the Indian Ocean; started construction at

Moree in New South Wales of a second and larger earth station for satellite

communication in the Pacific area; installed an automatic message relay system

costing $2 million to streamline the handling of public telegraph traffic;

spent $600,000 on extensions to the Commission's Overseas Telecommunications

Terminal at Paddington in Sydney to provide for planned expansion to cost $6

million; and spent $574>000 on capital development re-equipping Coastal Radio

, Stations and commissioning new stations at Brisbane and Melbourne.

The Commission now employs a total staff of 1,421.

CANBERRA: 4 .10.67 PM Issued by j. W. Rawlinson with the compliments of the Postmaater-Gexiera"! x

[The Hon. Alan 8 .- liulmeM.P.)