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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 152


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Postmaster-General seen a report that the New Zealand Government is making arrangements for a telephone link to be made between New Zealand and the People's Republic of China.

(2)   What telephone link exists between Australia and the People's Republic of China; if none, what arrangements are being made for such a link.


Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) The PostmasterGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   At the time that this question was placed on the Notice Paper negotiations between the Overseas Telecommunications Commission and the telecommunications authorities in the People's Republic of China to establish a telephone service between Australia and the People's Republic of China were just being concluded. A service by 2 alternative routes was established on 1st June 1972, the same date on which a single route service was established between New Zealand and the People's Republic of China.







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