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Wednesday, 14 October 1970

Mr HULME (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - I am not sure whether the honourable member, in the earlier part of his question, referred to accounts or rentals. I would not believe that there was any holding up of Post Office accounts because these accounts are rendered at the end of each 6-month period. The only time an adjustment is made is related to a change in the accounts area of the Post Office. This would happen very infrequently. If the honourable member's question applied to rental charges, I can assure him that the problems, if any, which the Post Office has relate to the installation of new equipment. I have had some complaints that there has been delay in meeting the new demand because of the increased rental applying from 1st October. I can assure the honourable member that increased charges were not the reason for the delay. Rather, it was because the engineers recently refused to work overtime. I can assure the House that nothing was done within the Post Office in an attempt to take any advantage whatever of the new charges. Work went on as usual, other than for some industrial difficulty which did cause a postponement in certain cases.

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