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Tuesday, 10 September 1996
Page: 3185

(Question No. 135)


Senator Bob Collins asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, upon notice, on 16 July 1996:

(1) How long has the Department provided advice to regional and rural Australia by way of `008' number through the Countrylink Service.

(2) How many calls has the service received, by State and by year, since it was established.


Senator Parer —The Minister for Primary Industries and Energy has provided the following answer to the Honourable Senator's question:

(1) The Department of Primary Industries and Energy has provided an `008' number through the Countrylink Service since 1988.

(2) The Countrylink Service received the following number of calls from each State in the years since 1988

YearNSWQLDVICWASATASNTACT TOTAL
198827321202901420343104622846048
1989779634302568119997829717880917255
19908147357926851255102231018684618030
1991145926421480122451831556333151932298
1992175001029757891868122134329772338038
1993158749252930118574932251337385444956
1994170141429058101352218463635849342137
1995290062153114399209141031000177470174605
1996 to date168791302079309331442551382123037883
TOTAL12954083022541841322018056631039447459315735

Note: the statistical information is based on the calendar year not the financial year.