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Monday, 5 March 1984
Page: 349

To the President and members of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia in Pariament 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:-

1. The loss of current enmployment and future employment opportunities and consequent loss of income to the district

2. The loss of a local 24 hour emergency service

3. The loss of local knowledge of telephonists being available to telephone users when traffic is routed to an exchange anywhere in the State

4. The loss of a local and personalized service provided especially to elderly and handicapped people.

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

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.