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Tuesday, 17 July 1906

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - The following replies have been furnished to the honorable member's questions by the Public Service Commissioner, who has arranged the transfers consequent upon classification : -

1.   The changes are only those necessary to adjust the salaries of the officers to the value of the stations they occupy, combined with the changes consequent upon filling the number of vacant offices which existed in the State. No less than 84 of the changes are the result of the latter, and 41 of the Postmasters are to be promoted to positions where they can receive higher salaries.

2.   Expense will necessarily be involved, but the greater part of it would have to be incurred in any case to fill existing vacancies, and the transfers consequent thereon. The rearrangement is to secure the greater efficiency of the service.

3.   The classification has been so recently made that it is not considered necessary to enter upon a reclassification so soon; moreover, it would not be likely to affect the scheme, and in any case adjustments will be made from time to time as vacancies arise, in the ordinary administration of the Department.

4.   Consideration has been given to thisphase of the Question, and wherever possible the service of officers with electoral experience, who are to be removed to other positions where such experience will be of value have been secured. If, however, the necessary changes of officers who will have electoral duties to perform are made at once, they will have ample time to make themselves acquainted with the electoral work, but where it is found the Work is likely to suffer by any transfer, it will not be effected until after the election.

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