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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1436

(Question No. 646)


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 20 October 1983 :

(1) What action are Telecom Australia employees instructed to take when they become suspicious that Telecom services are being used for SP bookmaker activities.

(2) What action is taken if a Telecom employee reports these suspicions.

(3) How many reports of Telecom services being used for SP betting have been made over the past five years.

(4) How many prosecutions have resulted from these reports.

(5) How many telephone services have been disconnected due to use for SP betting.


Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question, based on advice from the Australian Telecommunications Commission, is as follows:

(1) and (2) There are special investigatory sections in Telecom which investigate any suspicious circumstances or illegal activities which come under notice from any source involving Telecom's responsibilities. Telecom has taken action to draw the attention of staff to the requirement to report any circumstances indicating the use of the telephone network by subscribers for illegal purposes.

(3) (4) and (5) Over the years 1979 to 1983, an estimated total of 720 telephone services have been disconnected by Telecom following the conviction of subscribers for illegal bookmaking activities.