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Thursday, 26 September 1974
Page: 1434

Senator WALSH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Postmaster-General. Is the allegation, which is frequently repeated by Labor's political opponents in country areas and echoed in the rural Press, that postal and telecommunication charges discriminate against country people correct?

Senator BISHOP - I have no doubt that this subject will be raised very shortly during the debate on the Post and Telegraph Bills. But as I think everybody knows, the general position is that it costs much more to establish subscriber connections in rural areas. From memory, I think the figure for the city is $1,500 and for the real outback about $9,000. Even in the country areas, the figure is something just below $4,000. The postal services to the country areas are obviously more expensive to provide. Perhaps this is a question which can be developed better in debate on the Bills which will be brought on this morning.

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