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.