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Wednesday, 2 March 1932

Dr EARLE PAGE (Cowper) . - I wish to bring under the notice of the Postmaster-General (Mr. Fenton) a grievance of country residents who desire telephone connexion. During the last few months, the practice has grown up in the department of informing persons who have paid their deposit for connexions that shortage of funds prevents those connexions being made. In some instances, the deposit has been returned after being retained for five or six months. This does not seem to be the right way to conduct the telephone service, which is a govprnnient monopoly. The following letter that I have received from a resident of Woodford Leigh, Clarence River, is typical of many others: -

Acting on behalf of myself and Messrs. Neil McSwan and W. E. G. Green, all of Woodford Leigh, I want you to do your best with the Postmaster-General's Department in carrying into effect an application made by us in May, 1931, for the installation of telephones to our homes from Woodford Leigh office, which application was refused by the department on the grounds of financial stringency. The telephone line already passes along the main road past our frontages, and the cost of installing the service would not be very great. In regards to the connecting of my property with the service, it would only require about 30 feet extension. In the matter of McSwan, who lives about14 chains off the road, and Green, who lives about 8 chains, both of these people would undertake to find the necessarypoles required to take the service from the road totheir respective properties. It is unneces sary for me to refer to the necessity of our properties being connected with telephone as you are well aware of the conditions that prevail.

Trusting that you will do your beston the matter for us, yours faithfully,

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