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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 504


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   How many people are waiting for a telephone service.

(2)   How many of them are (a) in Melbourne and Sydney, (b) in urban areas generally and (c) in rural areas.

(3)   What percentage of the total population is waiting for a telephone service.

(4)   What is the percentage (a) in Melbourne and Sydney, (b) in urban areas generally and (c) in rural areas.


Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   At the end of April 1973, the unsatisfied demand for telephone services throughout Australia stood at 87,938, which comprised the following categories:

 

For operational purposes, Departmental statistics are maintained primarily on the basis of telephone exchange areas and are then summarised into metropolitan telephone zones and country areas. It is not practicable therefore to relate such statistics precisely, to population figures supplied by the Bureau of Census and Statistics in the categories metropolitan, urban and rural areas. Accordingly the following comparisons relate unsatisfied demand figures for (a) the metropolitan telephone zones and (b) other areas classified broadly as country areas, to the population figures for 1971 of the Bureau of Census and Statistics adjusted to cover areas under classifications (a) and (b) above. (2) Unsatisfied demand as at 30 April 1973.

(3)   0.69 per cent.

(4)   -

 







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