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Tuesday, 30 September 1958


Mr Peters s asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Has the Australian Broadcasting Commission taken over, or does it propose to take over, new regional premises at Orange, New South Wales?

2.   If so, what is the address of the new premises, and why is the change being made?

3.   If not, for how long has the commission occupied the existing premises, and what was the need for the inspection made by Mr. Moses, General Manager, following which he was involved in an accident while driving a commission car?

4.   Are cars purchased by the commission and the Commonwealth paid for from public funds?

5.   Does the commission insure its cars?

6.   If so, why is the cost of repairs to the car which Mr. Moses was driving being met out of commission funds?


Mr Davidson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1, 2 and 3. The Australian Broadcasting Commission has agreed to purchase a building in Lord's-place, Orange, known as Civic Building, owned by the Orange City Council. The legal formalities relating to the taking over are at present being completed by the Department of the Interior. The General Manager's visit to Orange was to inspect these premises, the purchase of which involved the sum of £20,000. The Australian Broadcasting Commission's present premises, which have been occupied on a rental basis, are in a section of this building.

4.   Yes. 5 and 6. In accordance with Commonwealth policy, the Australian Broadcasting Commission does not insure, its cars.

Duplex Telephones.


Mr L R JOHNSON (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) son asked the Postmaster-

General, upon notice -

1.   Is there any way by which a telephone subscriber can determine whether his duplexed telephone is out of order or merely used by the other party to the line?

2.   Has the department directed the attention of its technicians to this problem?

3.   If so, what progress has been made towards the provision of a warning signal designed to indicate that the line is being used by the other party?


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

1.   No.

2.   Yes.

3.   So far no means have been found by which a warning signal could be provided without prohibitive cost.

Postal Department.


Mr L R JOHNSON (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) son asked the Postmaster-

General, upon notice -

1.   What is the age group and number of telephone technicians or trainees at present undergoing training at Sydney?

2.   Where are the training schools located, and how many trainees attend each school?

3.   For what purpose was each school used prior to the department taking up occupation?

4.   Is any particular school considered inadequate or unsuitable; if so, have any plans been formulated for its replacement?


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

1.   The age groups and number of telephone technicians in training at present undergoing training at Sydney are 304 at 16 years: 309, 17 years: 243, 18 years; 175, 19 years; 143, 20 years; 62. 21 years; 19, 22 years; total, 1,255.

2.   The location of the training schools and the number of trainees attending each school are: Strathfield, 222 first-year trainees full time; Alexandria, 215 first-year trainees full time; Annandale. 701, second, third and fourth year trainees part time. (117 fifth-year trainees do not attend school.)

3.   Prior to the department taking up occupation each school was used for the following purposes:Strathfield, formerly the Dill Mackie Home for Blind Children; an ex-servicemen's rehabilitation school after the 1939-45 war; leased by the department in 1950. Alexandria, formerly a bulk oil store; acquired by the department for a motor vehicle repair centre: converted to a school in 1945. Annandale, formerly a piano factory; a munitions factory during 1939-45 war; leased by the department in 1949; acquired 1958. None of the Sydney schools is ideally suitable, but satisfactory training is being given. A reviewof requirements of training accommodation is in progress following changes in. the methods used to train technicians.







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