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Wednesday, 2 October 1974
Page: 1578

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - I ask the PostmasterGeneral a question. Can the Postmaster-General indicate whether farm telephones are considered private or business telephones by his Department? In view of the fact that rental for business telephones has increased considerably more than that for private telephones, will the Minister clarify this matter as it is important to all rural producers?

Senator BISHOP - The answer to Senator Lawrie 's question is that unless the farmers themselves affirm in writing that, firstly, the service is not used predominantly for business purposes, secondly, an occupational entry is not required in the telephone directory and, thirdly, the telephone accounts for the service are not claimed as a business deduction for taxation purposes, they will be considered as private subscribers. If the requirements are met, the business telephone rating will not be charged, but they are the circumstances. They must comply with all 3 criteria.

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