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Thursday, 4 April 1946

Mr SHEEHAN (COOK, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the fact that many thousands of people in all parts of the Commonwealth have appliedfor telephones, and similar applications are being made daily, can the Minister representing the Postmaster-General give any intimation as to when the services can be installed ?

Mr CALWELL - I shall bring the honorable member's question to the notice of the Postmaster-General. However, I do not know whether he can add very much to what he has already said concerning the shortage of materials and equipment and other factors which are impeding the installation of new telephone". He has this matter constantly under review, and the honorable gentleman ca.n rest assured that the Postal Department is doing its utmost to meet, all requirements of the general population in this matter. One factor which must, be borne in mind is that the du hlic is becoming more telephone-minded. Over 60,000 applications for the installation of telephones are now awaiting attention, and I am sure that four or five years ago the majority of those applicants would not have desired telephones.

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