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Wednesday, 28 March 1973
Page: 772

Mr INNES (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Postmaster-General. As a result of the timely action taken by the Minister for Immigration a service is now rendered to migrants who are experiencing difficulties of communication in matters of urgency. The arrangements made involve a 24-hour telephone service and I am informed that migrants generally are delighted with this facility. In the light of this action by the Minister for Immigration, will the PostmasterGeneral give consideration to having the telephone number of the service placed in the telephone directory with a similar status to emergency calls which are made by dialling 000 free of charge?

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The honourable member has asked a very good question. The Post Office is very anxious to meet the needs of the community and this is obviously a facility that is being well patronised. It is true that it would be more advantageous if this facility were brought to the notice of migrants by having it inserted in an appropriate place in the directory and I undertake to see that this is done.

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