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Thursday, 21 June 1906

Mr BROWN (Canobolas) - There is just one matter that I should like to emphasize. It has reference to the overtime worked by officials in the General Post Office, Sydney." I hope that the instruction which has recently been issued, to the effect that they shall not be allowed tea money unless they work until 10 p.m., will be withdrawn. Another question to which I wish to direct attention relates to the payment of increments to officers in that Department Upon the Estimates of last year a certain sum was provided for this purpose. That sum has been distributed, but its distribution has caused considerable dissatisfaction. It has practically been allocated to the highly-paid officers.

Sir John Forrest - We are rectifying that now.

Mr BROWN - I contend that a great injustice has consequently been done to the lower-paid officers of the Department. I also understand that some trouble is being experienced iti connexion with the payment of gratuities. I have been informed that the difficulty has been occasioned by certain objections which have been urged by a State Government. I hope, that this matter will receive early consideration, and' that the gratuities, so far as any proper claims are concerned, will be promptly paid. I regret that the lateness of the hour prevents the question from being adequately discussed, but I trust that the causes of the complaints to which I have referred will be speedily removed.

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