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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1928

Senator McINTOSH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question which is directed to the Postmaster-General relates to the decision of the Government to reduce charges on the shortest distance trunk calls. Can the Postmaster-General now supply information on the number of subscribers to benefit and the extent of the overall benefit?

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) -I have been able to get some information for the honourable senator because he asked me about this matter previously. As was pointed out in the debate in this chamber, the reductions range from 3 per cent to 20 per cent. It is estimated that approximately 49 million calls in the category to which the honourable senator refers were made in 1973-74, and rates for these trunk calls have now been reduced twice by the Government, first in the 1973 Budget and again this year. Using the 3-minute call as an example, the rates prior to October 1973 were 19c during the day and 15c at night. The comparable rates now are 12c and 6c. Taken together the reductions will benefit callers by approximately $5. 5m.

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