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Wednesday, 2 March 1932

I understand that the actual cost of connecting these three persons with the telephone line wouldbe less than the halfyearly fee. This instance is typical of many on and about the rivers of my electorate. Only the other day I was informed of an instance at Lansdowne on the Manning River. The deposit was paid some seven or eight months ago. The person concerned lives within a couple of miles of the telephone office, and within twenty feet of the telephone line connecting two towns. In February, the deposit was returned by the department with the information that it had not the money with which to carry out the connexion. I understand thatmany thousands of country telephones are being disconnected, and that few new connexions are being made. If the connexions that 1 have mentioned were made, there would be increased revenue for the department notonly from actual fees, but also from trunk line and other calls. I ask the PostmasterGeneral to look into this matter with a view to making telephone connexions in the instances which I have quoted.

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