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Tuesday, 26 March 1985
Page: 895

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled.

The humble petition of the undersigned residents of the town of Waikerie and surrounds in the State of South Australia showeth:

1. Your petitioners are burdened in manner as follows.

2. Your petitioners reside in that region of the State of South Australia commonly known as the Riverland, the several towns therein having a common economic interest largely dependent upon the vine, citrus and fruitgrowing industry.

3. Your petitioners are subject to a discretion in that they are required to pay trunk line rates when they telephone the major towns in the Riverland region situated as they are in the central and eastern areas.

4. Your petitioners are further burdened in that the town of Berri has lately been established as the centre for a number of Federal and State Government offices to service the whole Riverland region. Certain government offices formerly situated at Waikerie have been closed and others have had their services reduced, resulting in aggravation of the above imposition.

Your petitioners therefore pray that your Honourable House will prevail upon Telecom to fix uniform telephone charge rates throughout the whole of the Riverland region.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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