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Thursday, 18 September 1958


Mr L R JOHNSON (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the

Postmaster-General whether it is a fact that his department has entered into an agreement with four private companies in respect of the supply and installation of private automatic branch exchanges and the wiring and connexion of instruments to those exchanges. Is it also a fact that this work was previously performed by the Postal Department and that, under the terms of the agreement, the department has relinquished a proved and lucrative business having a turnover of £1,000,000 per annum, without receiving any consideration in return? Has the installation fee for these units been increased since the companies took over, and does the Minister consider this issue to be one more example of this Government's sell-out of public assets?







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