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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Postmaster-General) . - My regret is that these increases are not greater. Last year £16,000 was voted for the construction and extension of telephone lines, and the placing of wires underground, and £19,058 was spent. This year we ask for £27,500, a sum which, my officers tell me, is absolutely necessary for new works. A great deal of the money will be spent in constructing conduits to place the wires in Sydney underground, while the balance will be devoted to the construction and extension of telephone lines, or used in providing instruments and material. It must be gratifying to honorable members to know that we have been able to do so much in the way of increasing facilities for communication out of revenue.

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