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Wednesday, 25 November 1931

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I have received no word to the effect that the persons concerned expect a reduction in their telephone rentals after seven years when their contracts expire. The question of reducing telephone rates has been repeatedly raised in this House, and referred to me in correspondence, but every examination has shown that it would be entirely uneconomical to reduce telephone rates. We are to-day showing a great loss on telephone services. With the exception of one other country, we have the lowest telephone rates in the civilized world, and if the telephone rates were reduced, a further loss would be sustained.

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