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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 93

Question No. 152

Dr Charlesworth asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 17 May 1983:

Can he indicate

(a) who or what organisation is responsible for the organisation of the 'Dial-a Sailor' scheme in Western Australia,

(b) what the Government understands to be the intention of this scheme and

(c) whether any Federal Government funding goes towards the organisation of this scheme, either through Government departments or statutory authorities.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question, based on advice from the Australian Telecommunications Commission, is as follows:

(a) The 'Dial-a-Sailor' scheme in Western Australia is organised by a United States Navy representative in Perth.

(b) The scheme's objective is to arrange hospitality for visiting US Navy personnel.

(c) Accounts for normal Telecom Australia charges are rendered to the United States Navy Ships involved.