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Wednesday, 30 November 1983
Page: 3118

Question No. 504

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice on 13 September 1983:

In respect of the present position with the use of lightweight on-ear headsets in Australia, is he able to say whether (a) Australian made headsets have proved unsuitable and (b) Telecom Australia has stated that it would agree to such headsets being a deregulated item.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question, based on advice from the Australian Telecommunications Commission, is as follows:

(a) Telecom considers its lightweight headsets are generally suitable for use in Australia.

(b) No such statement has been made. Telecom has no plans at this stage to deregulate the market to allow the use of privately supplied headsets on equipment attached to the public switched telephone network.