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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3124

Mr NEIL (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice, on 20 September 1977:

(1)   Are statistics available showing the extent of public telephone vandalism; if so, what form do they take.

(2)   Are these statistics available for the electoral division of St George or areas which include that division; if so, will he provide them.

(3)   What is the annual cost of vandalism to public telephones in Australia

(4)   What are the corresponding figures for 'red phones '.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Telecom Australia advises that statistics showing the incidence of public telephone faults attributable to vandalism are maintained on a Telecommunications District basis.

(2)   The St George electoral division covers about half of the Newtown and Sutherland Telecommunications Districts. Public telephones in these two Districts average eight vandalism faults per unit per year with the rate on some units being up to 30 faults per year.

(3)   Approximately $3m.

(4)   Statistics on vandalism are not maintained for Red phones but generally vandalism is not a significant problem as most are installed at the premises of, and supervised by, lessees.

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