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Thursday, 30 October 1913

Senator McCOLL - The answer is -

The Postmaster-General is advised that no de vice has yet been invented which will enable emergent calls to be indicated in such a manner as to insure preference. On common battery exchanges " flashing " the lamp usually insures more prompt attention. This facility, however, is so often abused by the public that its value is rapidly being discounted.

Senator NEEDHAM - Arising out of the Minister's answer, I wish to know whether it is understood that there is no possible chance of arranging a device whereby a call affecting the saving of human life may be attended to at once?

Senator McCOLL - I shall be glad to bring the matter again before the PostmasterGeneral, and to ask him to make further inquiries.

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