ESA Number In Phone Book Goes to Fax Machine

Shadow Emergency Services Minister, Brendan Smyth, has revealed that the Emergency Services Agency telephone number in the White Pages phone directory goes to a fax machine.

“Yesterday’s Estimates hearing identified Government delays in upgrading the ACT’s communications and mobile data systems as a problem. Today’s revelation confirms the Government can’t even get the basics right,” Mr Smyth said today.

“The fact that the telephone number to the agency looking after emergency services leads to a fax machine is ludicrous.

“We’ve already seen failures during the Mitchell fires. A Senate Committee found that the Government’s so called phone alert system performed so poorly because it wasn’t managed properly.

“Labor Minister Simon Corbell might see this White Pages incident as a minor issue, but this is just the latest incident in a long line of basic blunders in simple core management from this Government,” Mr Smyth concluded.