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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1829

Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice.

(1)   How many applications for rural telephone connections are outstanding at the present time in the subdivisions of Eyre and Flinders in the Electoral Division of Grey.

(2)   When is it anticipated that these outstanding applications will be satisfied.

Sir Alan Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Eyre, 104; Flinders, 66.

(2)   Most of these applicants are located remote from existing exchanges and the provision of telephone services for them involves a substantial amount of new line construction. This work will be undertaken progressively but, as there is a limit to the resources which can be devoted to providing telephone services, present indications are that it could be several years before all of the outstanding requests can be satisfied. However, the works programme will be critically reviewed each year to see what can be done to expedite the installation of services for the applicants concerned.

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