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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
Page: 3292

Mr Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes. Last evening, in the course of debate, I advised the Parliament that a Press statement had been issued in Canberra on 11 June 1970 by the honourable member for Maranoa (Mr Corbett) and Senator Lawrie. That Press statement said-

Country Party seeks new telephone policy. Two Country Party parliamentarians have asked the PostmasterGeneral (Mr Hulme) to introduce a new policy.

Of course, the new policy had been approved by Cabinet 9 days before. It is a remarkable coincidence that before the Budget session, when Parliament was not meeting, 2 members came to Canberra and issued such an accurate Press statement in the course of which they clearly indicated that they had had discussions with the Postmaster-General. I assume that they spoke about everything except the country lines policy.

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