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Tuesday, 22 October 1974
Page: 1834

Senator MELZER (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Postmaster-General who would agree that members of the the community who are totally blind are at a tremendous disadvantage in communicating. In view of this would the Minister consider allowing such people either telephones free of rent or free telephone calls?

Senator BISHOP - The question should be directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security. I will discuss the matter with him but I would like to say in a general way that, as everybody knows, recently we have had to put up tariffs- a move which has been resisted in the community- to ensure that the Post Office is viable. However, in the light of those general remarks I will consider with the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security what can be given in reply to the honourable senator's question.

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