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Thursday, 19 September 1974
Page: 1242

Senator DOUGLASMcCLELLANDEarlier this morning during question time Senator Guilfoyle asked me a question about the occasional breakdown of the stand-by bearer between Sydney and Brisbane. I have now obtained information additional to that which I gave Senator Guilfoyle in my answer. The Secretary of my Department has advised me that he has spoken to the Director of Posts and Telegraphs who has informed my Department that the problems involved with the Sydney-Brisbane bearer are being investigated. It is, of course, designed to be only a stand-by bearer, so the occurrence of interruptions to service must be understood to be a risk involved in its use. That is to say, it can be required to be used for other services if breakdowns in other communication links occur. However, as I said earlier, this is largely a question for my colleague, the Postmaster-General.

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