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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
Page: 876

Senator DRURY (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Postmaster-General been drawn to a recent report in the Adelaide 'Advertiser' detailing a scheme which, on implementation, would provide the automatic relaying of telephone calls from unattended police stations to patrol cars? Can he say whether any steps have been taken to provide this facility to the public?

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) - Yes. I have seen the Press statement. The position at the present time is that the Australian Post Office and the police are discussing the possibility of introducing such a radio system. The system would be used in circumstances where a police station is unattended because the officer is out on duty and is not available to accept telephone reports from citizens. If such a radio system is developed it would mean that telephone messages could be transmitted to the nearest police prowl car. The Post Office is in favour of introducing such a system because this type of service is important to the community: Although this matter is in the early stages of development we are hopeful that with the cooperation of the police and the Post Office such a system might be perfected. I will find out what up to date information is available and give it to the honourable senator.

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