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Thursday, 22 October 1970


Mr Whitlam asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   What percentage ofthe total telephone applications in Australia was, and how many applications were, received in 1969-70 from (a) the metropolitan and (b) the country areas of each State.

(2)   What percentage of the total telephone instal lations in Australia was, and how many installations were, made in 1969-70 in (a) the metropolitan and (b) the country areas of each State.

(3)   What percentage of the total applications in Australia was, and how many applications were, deferred at 30 June 1970 in (a) the metropolitan and (b) the country areas of each State.

(4)   What percentage of the total applications in Australia, and how many applications, has his Department estimated that it will receive in 1970-71 from (a) the metropolitan and (b) the country areas in each State.

(5)   What percentage of the total installations in Australia, and bow many installations, has his

Department estimated that it will make in 1970-71 in (a) the metropolitan and (b) the country areas in each State.

(6)   What percentage of the total applications in Australia, and how many applications, hashis Department estimated will still be deferred at 30 June 1971 in (a) the metropolitan and (b) the country areas of each State.

(7)   What percentage ofthe total amount spent in Australia was, and what amounts were, spent in installing telephones in 1969-70 in (a) the metropolitan and (b) the country areas of each State.

(8)   What percentage of the total amount to be spent in Australia, and what amounts, will be spent in installing telephones in 1970-71 in (a) the metropolitan and (b) the country areas of each State.

(9)   By what date is it estimated that deferred applications will be no more numerous in any metropolitan area than in any other metropolitan area in proportion to population.


Mr Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Demand for telephone services involving the provision of new lines or equipment in 1969-70 after allowing for withdrawn applications which numbered 37,707, was as follows:

 

Since provision of services utilising lines and equipment already in place involves work only in the local exchange, each of these applications was satisfied with little or no delay.

(2)   Service connections involving the provision of new lines or equipment in 1969-70 were:

 

(4)   The overall level of demand for telephone services in 1970-71 is expected to decrease to some extent as a result of the increases from 1st October 1970 in service connection fees and annual rentals. In particular the number of applications for telephone services requiring the provision of new lines or equipment is expected to be lower than in 1969-70 and is now estimated at 290,000. The estimated demand in the various States is as follows:

 

Separate forecasts are not made in respect of metropolitan and country areas.

(5)   The Commonwealth target for service connections involving the provision of new lines or equipment in 1970-71 has been set at 291,000 and the individual targets for each State are detailed in the following table:

 

Each State will distribute its installation effort between metropolitan and country areas according to the relative incidence of demand and physical capacity to meet that demand.

(6)   With connections involving new lines or equipment for the year set at a level 1,000 above estimated demand, the likely level of Unsatisfied Demand for telephone services at 30th June next should be about59,000 compared with 60,000 at 30th June 1970. Unsatisfied Demand consists of four components, Deferred Applications (those on which service cannot be offered pending major extensions of cable and/or exchange equipment), Applications under Engineering Investigation, Quotations with the Public and Connections of Service Proceeding.

It is not practicable to give any precise estimates of the likely levels of Deferred Applications at 30th June 1971 because we have no way of determining how many of the applications which will .be received in 1970-71 will come from areas in which, at the time, there are no spare cable and/or exchange numbers available.

Every effort will, of course, be made to keep Deferred Applications to a minimum.

(7)   Capital investment on the installation of telephones in the metropolitan and country areas of each State during 1969-70, and the percentages of the Commonwealth total these represented in each case, were:

 

The figures show the expenditure involved in providing local cabling (including junctions), telephone exchange equipment, switchboards and subscriber instruments. They do not include expenditure on sites, buildings, trunk facilities and engineering and general administrative costs. The cost structure is, therefore, in keeping with the. information furnished to you 12 months ago for the 1968-69 financial year.

(8)   The level of capital investment on telephone services planned for each State in 1970-71, together with percentage of the Commonwealth total, is:

The cost information is as defined in the answer to Question 7. The division of this expenditure between metropolitan and country areas will depend to some extent on the incidence of demand, but it is expected to follow a similar pattern to that for 1969-70.

(9)   See answer to (6) above.







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