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Thursday, 2 August 1906

Mr WEBSTER asked the T PostmasterGeneral. upon notice -

With reference to the hours of service required1 from certain postmasters in Sydney and suburbs -

1.   If, as stated in reply to a question by the honorable member for Canobolas, postmasters are permitted to use their own discretion as toabsenting themselves from their offices, will he state why a certain postmaster was subjected to a rigorous examination bv the Appeal Board as to his absence from duty for an hour and a half?

2.   Is he aware that postmasters are frequently called on the telephone by their superiors, and, if they do not reply to the call, are required to furnish an explanation?

3.   Is he aware that it has always been understood that postmasters are required to attend to the early morning work so as not to bring assistants long distances, and thereby extend their hours of service, and that they are required to report themselves on duty to any call from Hear! Office up to the closing of the office at 8 p.m. Can he say how reasonable recreation can be obtained under those conditions?

4.   If, as stated, postmasters are permitted to use their own discretion in taking time off, providing the work of the office is not interfered1 with, will he issue instructions to have this made a specific regulation, so that officers may know what are their rights in this connexion?

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