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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr FRAZER (Kalgoorlie) .- I believe that it is a departmental regulation that telephone extensions are not to be constructed unless there is a reasonable expectation of the return of a considerable percentage on the necessary outlay, and, while I do not advocate the construction of extensions without due consideration, I think that the conditions which have been imposed in many cases have not been satisfactory. Except under very extraordinary and special circumstances, I am altogether opposed to the policy of asking a State to guarantee any part of a Commonwealth undertaking. Though in the Black Range case such a guarantee was asked for, I hope that that policy will not be continued to any extent by the Postmaster-General or his successors.

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