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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
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Senator GREENWOOD - On 24th August 1972, Senator Devitt asked me tha following question:

I ask the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral: In view of the almost universal dissatisfaction in Tasmania with the present 3 sections telephone directory with its very wasteful and costly duplication and which is a great inconvenience to users, will he request the PostmasterGeneral to examine again the need to return to a single directory for Tasmania?

The Postmaster-General has now furnished me with the following information in reply:

The honourable senator will recall that in reply to Question on Notice No, 2146 along similar lines earlier this year, 1 explained the reasons for the introduction of 3 regional telephone directories in Tasmania in place of the former State-wide book.

Whilst it is true that there has been some criticism of the present arrangement, the number of complaints represents only a very small percentage of telephone subscribers in that State.

The salient factor is that telephone directory coverage throughout the Commonwealth is being aligned to the 'closed number area' concept and, as I mentioned in repiy to the honourable senator's earlier question, there are 3 such areas in Tasmania and each is now covered by its own telephone directory.

In the circumstances, it is not proposed to revert to the former practice of issuing one telephone directory for the State of Tasmania as a whole.

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