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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN (EdenMonaro) (Postmaster-General) . - I think that the honorable and learned member for Bendigo has some ground for complaint. I have given this matter special attention, and I hope to be able to' remedy some of the grievances to which he has referred. It is extremely difficult to at once meet all these complaints, and especially to replace the Berthon-Ader instruments to which reference has been made. The honorable and learned member is mistaken if he thinks that their use is confined to Bendigo; they are scattered all over the Commonwealth. But it is extremely difficult, not only because of financial considerations, but because the Ericsson instruments may not be available whew we require them, to carry out the demand that the instruments now in use shall be at once discarded. The honorable and learned member for Bendigo knows that I have endeavoured to give special attention to the complaints of his constituents, and that I hope to be able to remedy, in the very near future, some of the grievances which he has voiced. I shall be glad to inform him of the steps that have been taken, and to receive any further suggestions he may desire to make. He has pressed me on several occasions to deal with this matter, and I shall be glad, as far as possible, to remedy any grievances relating not only to the telephone system in force at Bendigo, but to those in operation elsewhere.

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