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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I think it would be a good thing to apply a great part of the £27,500 provided for the construction and extension of telephones and the construction of conduits to the establishment of metallic circuits.

Although £9,000 was voted for that purpose last year, and .£8,833 expended, on 1 \ £5,500 is asked for this year. At the veryleast, £150,000 is required to provide metallic circuits throughout Australia, but the expense is a necessary one, because our telephone systems are steadily becoming worse, and will not improve until an independent return is arranged for. I urge the Postmaster-General to appropriate as much as he can of the votes for his Department for this very necessary work, because, until it is done, our telephones will not be as useful as they should be. When they have been improved, the business of the Department will be increased, and the public will get a great deal more satisfaction from the service.

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