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Wednesday, 29 February 1984
Page: 108

To the President and members of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that the proposal of Telecom Australia to close the Manual Assistance Centre at Parkes will severely disadvantage the Parkes community by:

(i) the loss of current employment and future employment opportunities and consequent loss of income to the district

(ii) loss of local 24 hour emergency service

(iii) loss of local knowledge of telephonists being available to telephone users when traffic is routed to a telephone exchange anywhere in the State

(iv) the loss of a local and personalized service provided especially to the aged and disabled

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Honourable Senate will call on the Government to halt the closure pending a full and open enquiry into the needs and desires of affected subscribers and the full economic and social effect of the closure on this district, rural telephone subscribers and Telecom Australia employees.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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