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Tuesday, 9 September 1958

Mr WHEELER (MITCHELL, NEW SOUTH WALES) - On behalf of the electors of Mitchell I welcome the Postmaster-General back to the chamber, and I mark the occasion by asking him a question. A good deal of discussion has arisen lately amongst telephone users over the proposed change-over from letter prefixed numbers to the all-figure telephone dial. As far as I am aware, the proposalis that in Sydney some telephone numbers will be switched over to the all-figure dialling system in November next, when the new telephone directory is issued. Will the Postmaster-General advise honorable members of his experience in this matter and what prompted him to agree to the changeover? Does he think that the criticism so far voiced is soundly based, or that it is a result of the reluctance of the public to change an ingrained dialling habit? In other words, what are the advantages of the all-figure dial, and how long would .t take for all Sydney numbers to be changed to the new system of dialling?

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