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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 396

Mr Innes asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice, on 20 February 1980:

(1)   Have any categories of public telephone cabinets been in short supply recently and are they still in short supply; if so, why.

(2)   Which company builds the public telephone cabinets used by Telecom Australia.

(3)   Does it take up to one month (or more, abnormally), to install new public telephone cabinets when necessary; if so, why.

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

(   1 ) and (2) Telecom Australia advises that the aluminium and glass 'see-through' cabinet is the only type currently being installed. These are manufactured in Telecom's own engineering workshops and there has been no shortage of units to meet installation requirements.

(3)   Telecom does not maintain statistics on the time taken to install public telephone cabinets. Most new cabinet installations are to replace existing older type cabinets and the installation time on these 'prepared' sites averages about 48 hours. The installation of a completely new service can, however, take up to a month because of the necessity to provide underground telephone cabling, a 240 volt power supply and elaborate earthing of the unit. Where remoteness or other site difficulties are encountered, the time taken to complete an installation can exceed one month.

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