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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) . - I am glad that the dispute between the engineers has been settled in favour of the Australian system of erecting country telephone lines. I believe that these services have cost the Commonwealth tens of thousands of pounds -more than "they need have cost, because the English engineers insisted upon the use of long poles and short arms, whereas the Australian engineers urged the use of short poles and long arms. A battle royal over this question was fought. 'in 1912, and I regret that the Australian engineer was not supported by the then PostmasterGeneral.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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