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Thursday, 12 May 1960


Mr DAVIDSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - This is a matter which has already received considerable attention, and not only in the department. Several honorable members have made representations to me on it. These have centred on the possibility of compiling an alphabetical list of subscribers in country districts rather than listing them in individual area directories, the printing of maps in directories, as suggested by the honorable member for Barker, and other matters. 1 have received a deputation on the matter, and the honorable member for Barker himself has previously asked about the possibility of having a general alphabetical list of country telephone subscribers. There is a very real problem involved there, and it is one to which the department has for some time been giving considerable attention. The problem arises, as the honorable member for Barker pointed out, from rapid development in many country areas, which has necessitated the giving of names not generally known to postal and telephone centres.

The preparation of an alphabetical list of country telephone subscribers presents many difficulties, but the printing of maps at the front of directories would not be very difficult, and I think that could be proceeded with. To the honorable member for Barker, and all those other members who have made similar representations to me, I say that the matter is currently under careful consideration, and we hope to improve the position in some way with the next issue of telephone directories.







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