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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Mr FOWLER (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the automatic telephone equipment of Perth is much below the requirements of the city, and that, as a consequence, there are many complaints from subscribers regarding the defective service?

2.   If so, what action is the PostmasterGeneral taking to improve this state of affairs?'

Mr WISE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The automatic telephone equipment in the Perth Exchange was recently overloaded owing to the shortage of and the difficulty in obtaining material for additions to the exchange, in consequence of which some complaints were received.

2.   Sufficient equipment has been obtained recently to meet immediate requirements, and. the only difficulty now experienced is a moderate congestion on the junction line equipment during the peak load of the day. Arrangements are in hand to prepare for large additions to the Perth Exchange. When the necessary equipment has been received and installed the service should 'be completely satisfactory.

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