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Wednesday, 24 August 1960

Mr DAVIDSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - The type of equipment in rural automatic exchanges at present operating is not entirely suitable for the multi-metering system. However, it is possible to carry out some modifications to the existing equipment which will make it suitable. Therefore, Mr. Speaker, it will not be necessary to replace the existing equipment in rural automatic exchanges as our plans for the extension of automatic multi-metering extend.

Regarding the third part of the honorable member's question as to the availability of a more suitable type of equipment the answer is, " Yes ". The cross-bar system to which I have referred recently in this chamber, which is being placed in our larger exchanges, is also suitable for placing in small automatic exchanges, and it is intended to proceed with that equipment. We expect that this type of rural automatic exchange will be available in approximately two years.

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