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Wednesday, 20 November 1974
Page: 2556

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) - Some months ago the Postmaster-General announced the Government's intention to negotiate the take-over of company coin telephones, commonly referred to as 'Red Phone' and 'Easiphone'- Can the Minister give any details of the progress of these negotiations?

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) - A few weeks ago I gave some progress information about these negotiations. At present the Post Office and the Victa Red Telephone Company- owners of the 'Red

Phone'- expect to have the agreement available for signature by both parties at the end of next week. Commencing from this week interviews will be conducted with the Victa staff who wish to seek employment with the Post Office. The Post Office is still negotiating with G.E.C.- Elliott Automation Pty Ltd- owners of 'Easiphone'-and it is expected that those negotiations will be successfully completed within the near future.

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