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Wednesday, 30 November 1983
Page: 3117

Question No. 496

Mr Simmons asked the Minister for Communications upon notice, on 13 September 1983:

(1) Will he provide details of all employment positions in Australia Post that are planned to be abolished within the electoral division of Calare in 1983.

(2) Can he provide background information on these decisions.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows, based on information provided by the Australian Postal Commission:

(1) and (2) From 1 January 1983 to 31 October 1983, the following positions in Australia Post in the electoral division of Calare were abolished:

Post Office




Postmaster, Grade 1 Part time cleaner (8 hours per week)

The level of business conducted at the Post Office had been below the level required to justify provision of an official post office for some years. The position of Postmaster had been nominally vacant since April 1983. The office was converted to the non-official method of operation on 12 September 1983.


Postal Officer Grade 1

The principal duty of the position was telegram delivery. A study of telegram traffic at the post office indicated a significant decline in recent years. Duties at the office could be arranged so that the duties of this position were absorbed elsewhere. The position was abolished on 2 August 1983.


Postal Officer Grade 2 (Two Positions)

These two positions formerly handled the Telecom Australia telephone accountancy agency function at the Orange Postal Office. Telecom is now performing that function in Orange.

The positions were abolished on 28 June 1983. The occupants were permanent officers of Australia Post, and transferred to Telecom in Orange.

Postal Officer Grade 2 (part time: 20 hours per week)

A survey of the telegram delivery function at the post office indicated insufficient work for two full time Postal Officers, Grade 2. The duties of these positions were rearranged to absorb those of this part time postal officer position. The position was abolished on 10 August 1983.

No other positions in the electorate have been identified specifically for abolition in 1983. There are five positions, however, which at this time are to be abolished should the positions become vacant.