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Wednesday, 3 July 1901
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Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) - Does the Postmaster-General mean by sub-clause (2) of this paragraph that he is going to take power to fix rates for conversations over telephones on private property ? Surely it is not intended that the Postal department shall have power to charge a man' for the use of his own private telephone?

Senator DRAKE - It depends on what a private telephone line is. In Queensland lines have been erected by the Government for private individuals who pay for them, and an arrangement has been made that if the general public wish to use those lines a charge may be imposed. The persons who paid for the construction of the lines get so much of the revenue so derived, while the rest goes to the department.

Senator Millen - Those lines are connected with the public telephone system.

Senator DRAKE - Yes.

Senator Millen - I am referring to lines that are not.

Senator DRAKE - If lines are not connected with the public telephone system, there is no charge.

Senator Sir Frederick Sargood - Does that apply to the objection that I raised the other day as to private telephone lines on a station ?

Senator DRAKE - A nominal charge might be made in order to preserve the right of the State, but certainly no charge would be imposed for conversations over a telephone line on private property. This provision relates to a line which has been constructed for a private person, who pays for it, and which is used by the general public.

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