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Monday, 15 March 1971

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   What criteria does the Post Office use to determine which sporting results are given in the telephone sporting information service.

(2)   Why it is that Hobart, Perth and Sydney are the only capitals not receiving a Totalisator Agency Board racing information service.

Senator Dame ANNABELLE RANKIN - The Postmaster-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The selection of sporting results featured in Post Office recorded telephone sporting information services is made with the objective of meetingthe requirements of the general public as far as practicable. Information concerning horse or greyhound racing is not included because it is considered more appropriate and satisfactory for totalizator or racing authorities to conduct their own telephone information services for this purpose.

(2)   So far, the totalizator authorities in Perth and Sydney and the racing authority in Hobart have not established recorded telephone information services similar to those which are conducted privately by the totalizator authorities in Melbourne. Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. However, in the case of Perth the TAB authorities provide a personally answered service for race results, dividends, etc., which is listed on pages 390 and 391 of the current Western Australia telephone directory.

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