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Wednesday, 6 October 1971
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Mr Collard asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that his 'Department is restricted in the installation of public telephone boxes and private telephones at Kambalda in Western Australia due to the exchange and certain other equipment being owned by the Western Mining Company.

(2)   If so, is the general community of Kambalda being denied facilities which should otherwise be available.

(3)   Does his Department intend to purchase the exchange and other equipment so that the town of Kambalda can be properly served with normal telephone facilities; if so, when.

(4)   If there is no intention to purchase at present, will he take urgent action on the matter.

Sir Alan HULME (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Telephone service was extended to Kambalda in 1967 under the policy in force at the time relating to the provision of telecommunication facilities for single industrial undertakings at Company towns in areas not connected to the public trunk line system. Briefly, this policy required that the industrial undertaking should accept responsibility for the provision and maintenance of the telecommunication services in its development area, including the necessary spur links to the public trunk line system. Accordingly, Western Mining Corporation Ltd has been responsible for the provision of subscribers' telephone services in the area. There are nearly 280 services connected to the Company's switchboard in the township, including services to shops, the supermarket, school, hotel and other business premises, as well as to private residences. The Company advises that, although no applicant has been declined a service, seven applications are outstanding at present pending the installation of additional cable. A public telephone is associated with the Kambalda Post Office and another public telephone is to be provided at the Kambalda West Post Office when it is established. There are no spare circuits on the spur line system to Kalgoorlie to enable further public telephones to be provided at present. However, six telephone services with multi-coin attachments have been provided at various locations by Western Mining Corporation Ltd.

(2)   See (I) above.

(3)   In 1969, the policy governing the provision of telecommunication facilities in remote Com pany towns established by industrial undertakings was revised and is now as follows:

(i)   Where justified, a public exchange and associated subscribers' services are provided, operated and maintained by the Post Office in the Company town.

(ii)   The Company concerned is required to make an unconditional contribution of the capital cost incurred by the Post Office in providing the initial trunk route (normally adequate for five years' growth) between the Company town and the public telephone network.

In May this year, preliminary discussions were held with Western Mining Corporation Ltd on the application of this revised policy at Kambalda. On 28th September, further discussions were held with the Company as a result of which the Post Office is preparing a proposal for the establishment of public exchange facilities at Kambalda for consideration by the Company.

(4)   Sec (3) above.

Aged Persons Homes (Question No. 4130)

Mr Hayden (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Social

Services, upon notice:

(1)   Has any survey been made by or for his Department, or by any other body the findings of which are available to his Department, of the amount of key money or donation required of applicants for accommodation made available under the Aged Persons Homes Act.

(2)   If so, what details can be give of the range of donations or key money being demanded.

Mr Wentworth - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) My Department obtains from organisations seeking subsidy under the Aged Persons Homes Act a statement as to the amount of money included in the organisation's share of the capital cost that has been obtained by donations made by or on behalf of intending residents. This information is shown on the list of approvals under the Act which is forwarded monthly to all members of Parliament.

Approximately 38 per cent of the accommodation subsidised under the Act during the past 3 years relied on residents' donations for the organisation's share of the capital cost of that accommodation. Some of the amount donated is used for furniture, furnishings, moveable equipment or other items not eligible for Commonwealth subsidy.

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