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Wednesday, 19 May 1920

Mr RILEY (for Mr. Blakeley) asked the Postmaster -General, upon notice - 1, Is it a fact that the majority of the Public Service organizations have lodged applications forhearing by the Arbitration Court for the repeal of the " cost of living " bonuses and the merging of such bonuses into permanent salary?

2.   Is it a fact that the said applications relating to the principle that shall govern salaries is similar to the application lodged by the Australian Letter Carriers Association, and which was granted by the Arbitration Court?

3.   Is it a fact that all such applications must be dealt with by the Court before it can be ascertained whether the principle governing the salaries of members of the Australian Letter Carriers Association will not be granted to all other organizations?

4.   Does the Postmaster-General agree that the proper time to lodge a variation such as was lodgedby the Acting Public Service Commissioner relative to the letter carriers' award is whenthe applications of all the other organizations havebeen dealt with and finalized by the Arbitration Court, and when such award is not inaccord with the principle that governs the salaries of the members of the Australian Letter Carriers Association award?

Mr WISE - The answersto the honorable member's questions , are as follow:: - 1 and 2. Yes.

3.   Notso far as Iam aware.

4.   It is not usual for Ministers to answer questionsaffecting the merits of cases awaiting actionby the Courts.

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