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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1322

Senator Townley asked the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral the following question: 1 preface my question, which is addressed to the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, by saying that no doubt the Minister is aware that the Tasmanian telephone directory now is divided into 3 sections whereas previously it was one book. Will the Minister say whether the PostmasterGeneral intends to continue this practice hi the future or revert to the much more convenient style of one book only? If his answer is in the affirmative, will he endeavour to ensure that all sections are delivered within a reasonable time of the closing of entries and not 7 months later as was the case with the north-west directory in the past year?

Senator COTTON The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The decision to issue 3 separate telephone directories in Tasmania was made following a study of telephone usage which showed tiiat many subscribers have a need for a directory covering only their area of community of interest. Consequently the cost of supplying every telephone subscriber with a directory containing entries for areas with which there is little or no community of interest could not be justified.

Some extra time was taken in producing the current Tasmanian directories because the former State-wide book had to be issued in 3 volumes and, in each volume, subscribers' entries had to be combined into a single alphabetical list. However, it is confidently expected that future issues will be delivered within 3 month* oi the respective closing dates.

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