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Tuesday, 6 June 1989
Page: 3495

(Question No. 966)


Senator Colston asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, upon notice, on 5 May 1989:

Does the Department have a 008 number which may be used by Gold Coast residents who wish to contact officers of the Department in Brisbane; if so, is this number listed in the Gold Coast telephone directory; if not, will the number be listed in future editions of the Gold Coast telephone directory and what is the number.


Senator Gareth Evans —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The Department does have a 008 number which may be used by Gold Coast residents to contact officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on passport matters. It does not directly connect with the Brisbane office but if there is a need to speak with the Brisbane office then the office is given the caller's number to ring back.

The number, 008 026022, is listed in the alphabetical section of the current Gold Coast phone book under Passports, the Commonwealth Section under Foreign Affairs and Trade, the quick index of Commonwealth Departments under `Passports' and on a special Information page (40) dedicated to passport information.