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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 400

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice, on' 20 February 1980:

In relation to each telephone directory issued in 1 979:

(1)   How many were published by (a) Australia Post, (b) Telecom Australia, (c) other government agencies and (d) private companies, businesses or individuals.

(2)   In relation to directories published by private companies, businesses or individuals (a) what are the names of the companies, businesses or individuals, (b) how much was expended for each of the directories, (c) how many tenders were received for each of the contracts issued, (d) in which instances did Telecom accept the lowest tender, (e) in cases where the lowest tender was not accepted, what was (i) the name of the lowest tenderer and the amount tendered, and (ii) the reasons for not accepting the tender.

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

(1)   and (2) Telecom Australia published 54 separate metropolitan and country telephone directories during 1979.

Section 93 of the Telecommunications Act 1979 provides that a person shall not, without the consent of the Commission print, publish or circulate any list or directory purporting to be a list or directory of subscribers to, or persons provided with any telecommunications service by the Commission. Telecom did not issue any authority for the publication of any such list or directory in 1 979.

Telecom is aware that private organisations publish trade or business directories in which the material in relation to persons, firms or companies whose names are listed in or who are subscribers to the publication also usually include the telephone or telex numbers of the person, firm or company concerned. However, Telecom considers that this kind of publication does not fall within the scope of Section 93 and that its approval is not therefore necessary.

Telecom has no information as to the number or costs of these publications.

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