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Wednesday, 30 June 1915

Mr W ELLIOT JOHNSON (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The same number, presumably, as were on the other pole, the removal of which cost £30 19s. 6d. But, apart from the apparently exorbitant charge, an explanation is required of the reason why the entire cost of removing the first pole had to be borne by the council, whereas, in connexion with the removal of the second pole, only the cost of the irrecoverable material, labour, cartage, &c, is to be debited to She council. Surely the practice in this respect should be a uniform one, and if the proportion of the charge borne by the council in the second instance is represented by the cost of the irrecoverable material, labour, cartage, &c, it should have been charged only that proportion in the first instance, and a proportionate refund should be made to the council. I would suggest to the PostmasterGeneral that the regulations regarding the apportionment of 'cost in connexion with the removal of poles in municipal areas - removals which are sometimes necessitated by alterations in road alignments - should be revised, with a view to the more equitable distribution of that cost, and to preventing municipalities being called upon to bear the whole or an excessive part of it. I hope the honorable gentleman will give my suggestion favorable consideration. Another matter to which. I desire to direct attention has reference to the delay which is sometimes experienced in the erection of public telephones, after the necessary authority for their erection has been forthcoming. As far back as February last I received an intimation from the Department that approval had been given to a proposal to install a public telephone at the Terminus Store, in Stony Creek-road, West Bexley. Yet, on the 22nd June, I received from

Mr. A.W. Wood, the proprietor of the store, the following communication: -

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