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Monday, 18 June 2001
Page: 27691


Mr BILLSON (1:53 PM) —Sunday generated great feelings right throughout the Dunkley electorate with the announcement of the outcome of Telstra's call zoning review. The great news for all of the citizens of Dunkley is that they are now able to call the Melbourne metropolitan area for an untimed rate of 25c. It is what is now called a wide area call. This is fantastic news. Colleagues in this place may not recall that it was on 8 May 1996 that I first started raising these issues in the parliament on behalf of my constituents. There is an area around Frankston—that is, metropolitan Melbourne—where people had to make an STD call to ring areas further away from Melbourne than themselves. That little enclave, and the citizens that lived there, were faced with about a $3 phone bill for a 20-minute call to Ringwood. As a result of the changes announced on Sunday, that will now be a 25c call. That is great news for those citizens and it is great news for the businesses operating out of those areas. As you move further south onto the Mornington Peninsula—


Mr Lee —What happens to their STD charges?


Mr BILLSON —For those members who are interjecting, that is a wonderful place to go and chill out for a while and get a grip on what is going on in our country. All the residents on the Mornington Peninsula down to as far as Mount Martha can also make that 25c local call into the metropolitan area of Melbourne. Beyond that and further down to the south of Mornington Peninsula we now have that terrific 99c capped call for three hours of conversation with friends, family, business associates and the like. (Time expired)