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Wednesday, 6 October 1971
Page: 2002

Mr Luchetti (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Postmaster General, upon notice.

(1)   How many country telephone lines up to a radial distance of 15 miles have been constructed and maintained by his Department since the revised policy was adopted towards the end of 1970.

(2)   How many applications for this type of service are at present outstanding in each State.

(3)   What is the total mileage of telephone lines (a) completed and (b) waiting on the implementation of Government policy.

Sir Alan Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The position as at 30th June 1971. was as follows:

(1)   Number of new services provided - 668.


(3)   (a) 3,394 miles in providing new services. (b) 25,621 miles of construction will be necessary to provide service for waiting applicants for new services.

In addition to the line plant necessary for new applicants, a considerable amount of line construction is necessary to replace existing part privately erected subscribers' lines. There are some 34,000 of these lines serving 57,000 subscribers throughout the Commonwealth, and Departmental line plant has been provided already for 1,546 of them.

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