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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2576

Mr TURNBULL (MALLEE, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Postmaster-General. The statement made yesterday by him advising the House of adjustments to his original intention regarding reorganisation of telecommunications is appreciated. 1 now ask: Is any reorganisation of the postal section of his Department contemplated and, if so, can he give any information in regard to it?

Sir ALAN HULME (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - When I made my first statement to the House on 16th September indicating the area management concept and principle I did indicate that consideration was being given to something similar in terms of the postal services, separated from the telecommunications area. I have since had a look at this aspect and I have come to the personal conclusion that there would not be the same justification for area management in the postal services area as there is in the telecommunications area. I have therefore indicated to my Department that while it may prepare a report, it must be submitted to me and I will make a decision as to whether it should be submitted to Cabinet before any action is taken in the postal services area.

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