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Wednesday, 19 March 1980
Page: 851

Senator Colston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice, on 19 November 1979:

Has the Postal and Telecommunications Department strengthened its staff in the area of licensing harbour mobile radios, as suggested in the Commonwealth Ombudsman's Second Annual Report 1979, page 84; if so: (a) what additional staff has been employed; and (b) did the additional staff result in reductions of staff in other areas of the Department.

Senator Chaney - The Minister for Post and Telecommunications has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(a)   During 1977-78 that Division of the Department responsible for the issue of licences received a comprehensive review. This resulted in the average staffing of the Division increasing by 35 in 1978-79 compared wilh 1977-78. In 1979, a further review was carried out in the Radio Frequency management Division and, as a result, the number of staff employed in that Division was again increased.

Harbour mobile radios, being one of the many classes of radiocommunication services licensed by the Department, received benefit from these additional staff resources. It is not possible, however, to calculate the proportion of the additional capacity that is devoted to any particular class of service.

(b)   No.

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