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Wednesday, 17 May 1939

Mr JAMES (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the PostmasterGeneral seen a press report to the effect that the Chief Secretary of New South Wales, Mr. Gollan, is conferring with certain racing interests in relation to the use of silent -telephones in connexion with starting-pi-ice betting? Has he noticed that that gentleman is reported to have said that he proposes to apply to the Postmaster-General's Department for information concerning the numbers of silent telephones? Does the PostmasterGeneral intend to make that information available so that the State police officers may tap private lines and overhear private conversations? If that should happen is it not likely that many business men, and also members of Parliament, who have silent telephone numbers for purposes not connected in any way with starting-price betting, will be likely to discontinue using them and so occasion loss to the department?

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