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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 1256

Mr Charles Jones asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   Have contracts been let for the compilation of the pink pages in telephone directories.

(2)   If so, who was the successful tenderer in each State.

(3)   What was the price submitted by (a) the successful tenderer and (b) unsuccessful tenderers.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Contracts were let as follows:

New South Wales directories - Edward H. O'Brien Pty Ltd.

Victoria, Queensland South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania directoriesDirectories (Aust.) Pty Ltd.

(3)   It is the policy of the Post Office not to disclose detailed prices of a contract or other information beyond that which is published in the Commonwealth Gazette. However, in respect to the new directory advertising contracts, additional information is being made available because of the great public interest in this matter particularly in regard to the contracts for New South Wales and Victoria.

The position was that Directories (Aust.) Pty Ltd offered the best tenders for all States. For instance, the net return to the Department offered by, Directories (Aust.) Ply Ltd for the New South Wales directories was, depending on the actual sales achieved, from 13.6 per cent to 15.8 per cent higher than for that offered by Edward H. O'Brien Pty Ltd. For the Victoria directories, the range was from 13.7 per cent to 25.7 per cent and, for a combination of both States' directories, the net returns from the offer by Directories (Aust.) Pty Ltd were from 9.8 per cent to 15.1 per cent better than those from Edward H. O'Brien Pty Ltd. However, the Department decided on a policy of having at least two contractors as it was considered in the public interest to maintain competition between contractors. Against this background, Edward H. O'Brien Ply Ltd was granted the contract for New South Wales which represents slightly more than 40 per cent of the total business.

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