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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 111

Question No. 264

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 26 May 1983:

(1) Can he indicate what is the (a) present stage of development of and (b) services provided by Intelpost.

(2) Is a domestic equivalent being considered; if so, what services will be provided.

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

(1) (a) The international postal facsimile service known as Intelpost is at an early stage of development and is currently provided by nine countries. Australia Post and the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (Australia) are consulting on plans to link Australia to the international Intelpost network.

(b) International Intelpost will provide for the collection, transmission and physical delivery of international facsimile messages.

(2) Australia Post already provides a limited domestic facsimile service in co- operation with Telecom Australia. The service provides for the lodgment, transmission and physical delivery of facsimile messages within Australia. Arrangements are in hand to upgrade the quality and extent of the existing service. Ultimately, the upgraded domestic facsimile service will link with the international Intelpost service.