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Tuesday, 24 November 1959

Mr DAVIDSON - This matter was referred to me by way of a report by mv central office some little time ago. It has been given some publicity, I know, in the New South Wales newspapers, but I can assure the honorable member for Banks and the House that the whole position was very carefully investigated before any action was taken to provide the telephone connexions to which he refers. The position is that the Postmaster-General's Department, in respect of any applications such as this, is guided by the recommendation, and the opinion expressed to it when asked for, of the State authorities - both the

State legal authorities and the State police authorities. We were informed that the action which the Australian Jockey Club proposed to take in this instance was in no way in conflict with State law and that the installations could therefore be proceeded with. But there was another point which the department looked into before these connexions were made. That was whether there were outstanding applications of another nature in the same area which would be adversely affected by the proposed connexions. It was found that, in the cables supplying this area, there were more spare pairs than were needed to satisfy any other requirements of the district.

Mr Curtin - That is not true. I have 26 outstanding applications.

Mr DAVIDSON - I have been challenged by an assertion that my statement is not true. I resent that, because I took particular care to look into the matter, and I know that what I have told the House is correct.

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