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Wednesday, 10 September 1958

Mr Whitlam m asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Which are the twenty telephone exchange areas in the Sydney area where the greatest number of telephone applications has been received in each of the last five years?

2.   Which are the twenty telephone exchange areas in the Sydney area where the greatest number of telephone installations has been provided in each of the last five years?

3.   How many applications and installations were there in each area in each year?

Mr Davidson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Information of this nature is not available for each telephone exchange in the Sydney metropolitan network, it being recorded only for the network as a whole.

2.   The details are as follows:Installations during 1953^54: Ashfield, 546;

Balgowlah, 541; Bankstown, 504; Burwood, 562; Campsie, 538; Carramar, 524; City East, 958; Dee Why, 538; Eastwood, 552; Glebe, 398; Hurstville, 416; Kings Cross, 466; Maroubra, 522; Newtown, 403; North Sydney, 853; Petersham, 620; Pymble, 464; Randwick, 476; St. Leonards, 448; Waverley, 718.

Installations during 1954-55: Ashfield, 456; Balgowlah, 400; Bankstown, 427; Bondi, 507; Burwood, 484; Campsie, 412; City East, 937; Dee Why, 497; Glebe, 389; Hurstville, 675; Kings Cross, 622; Kogarah, 731; Lakemba, 409; North Sydney, 737; Peakhurst, 1,022; Pymble, 411. Revesby, 530; St. Leonards, 466; Undercliffe, 399; Waverley, 396.

Installations during 1955-56: Ashfield, 501; Bankstown, 632; City East, 1,260; Eastwood, 458; French's Forest, 402; Glebe, 430; Hurstville, 885; Kings Cross, 449; Kingsgrove, 437; Kogarah, 433; Lakemba, 459; Lidcombe, 580; North Sydney, 610; Peakhurst, 418; Pennant Hills, 543; Petersham, 463; Pymble, 413; Randwick, 488; Revesby, 426; St. Leonards, 422.

Installations during 1956-57: Bankstown, 615; Bondi, 502; City East, 1,082; Epping, 518; Glebe, 493; Hurstville, 688; Kings Cross, 1,100; Kingsgrove, 985; Kogarah, 623; Lakemba, 716; Lidcombe, 867; Maroubra, 573; Miranda, 604; Newton, 597; North Sydney, 633; Petersham, 721; Randwick, 767; Redfern, 556; Ryde, 591; Waverley, 626.

Installations during 1957-58: Ashfield, 541; Bankstown, 944; Carramar, 545; City East, 1,133: Como, 602; Cronulla, 689; Guildford, 829; Harbord, 648; Hurstville, 524; Kings Cross, 1,068; Lakemba, 584; Lidcombe, 553; Miranda, 1,433; Newtown, 743; North Sydney, 788; Petersham, 576; Revesby, 499; Rockdale, 481; Ryde, 673; Strathfield South, 505.

3.   See 1 and 2.

Mr Webb b asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

Do parents and citizens associations pay for the installation of telephones at schools; if so, will he waive the installation fee of £10?

Mr Davidson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

Yes, when they are applicants for the installation of telephone services in schools. Payment of the £10 service connexion fee is prescribed for the provision of each new or additional telephone exchange line. As a public undertaking administering a communications service on behalf of and for the benefit of the community, the Post Office is obliged to provide telephone service on an impartial basis and is not legally empowered to waive payment of the service connexion fee. In any case it could hardly discriminate between schools and other educational institutions or withhold the concession from the many organizations and groups in the community which could claim equal consideration for concessional treatment. Waiver of the fee, therefore, could not with equity be confined to schools and serious difficulties would be encountered in determining where discrimination should end. In the circumstances it is regretted that the way is not clear to waive the fee in respect cf telephone services provided at schools.

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