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Thursday, 27 March 1980
Page: 1078

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) -My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Post and Telecommunications. No doubt he will welcome a question from me concerning Telecom Australia because it has been quite a while since I have asked one. I preface this question by saying that on occasions some telephone numbers listed in telephone directories are incorrect and sometimes names that are listed are under the wrong heading in the business section in the yellow pages. Sometimes names are omitted. I give the Minister the example of Hertz Rent-a-Car Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of TransAustralia Airlines, which is incorrectly listed under Kays-Hertz in the 004 directory for Tasmania. Obviously this mistake must cause Hertz some loss of business. Has Telecom Australia considered making directory correction lists available to subscribers so that they will be better served and, if not, will Telecom consider such a move?

Senator CHANEY (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - I was not aware that there were mistakes in telephone books, but I suppose it is scarcely surprising that there are some in such large publications. I am also not aware of any suggestion that correction lists might be issued. The suggestion is an interesting one, and I will see that it is referred to Telecom Australia for consideration.

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