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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2236

Mr ENGLAND (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. Whereasthe Postmaster-General in a statement to Parliament has decreed that the telecommunication divisions of Parkes, Bathurst and Dubbo (with minor alteration) are to be amalgamated in one area, we, the citizens of the community of Parkes, respectfully submit that:

(a)   If the present staff employed in the telecommunication division in Parkes is transferred from this town, grievous harm will result to this community, inasmuch as the removal of any personnel from the Parkes area will further depress the already straitened circumstances in this town.

(b)   The resultant loss of spending power due to the removal of families from Parkes will result in a progressive reduction in the work force in service industries and commerce enforcing a movement of more people to the already over-crowded cities.

(c)   The removal of staff from Parkes is in direct conflict with the stated policies of the Commonwealth Department of National Development and the State Department of Decentralisation and Industrial Development

(d)   The movement of these people will further increase the already, over-taxed demand for services in the cities, leaving redundant existing services established in Parkes.

(e)   The destruction of balanced employment and job opportunities for Higher School Certificate holders will eventually result in the enforced loss of many of the community's potential leadens.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray:

(1)   That Parliament take note of the evil effects of the closing of a divisional office in Parkes, and

(2)   That Parliament appoint Parkes to be the headquarters of the area above.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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