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Wednesday, 8 August 1906

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - On the 2nd August, the honorable member for Gwydir asked some questions with reference to the hours of service required from certain postmasters in Sydney and suburbs, to which I now wish to give the following replies : -

1.   The Postmaster-General is not awareof any statement having been made, in answer to a question by the honorable member for Canobolas, to the effect that postmasters are permitted to usetheir own discretion as to absenting themselves from their offices, nor has he any knowledge of the examination referred to, as reports of proceedings of Appeal Boards are not communicated to the Department.

2.   No; and the Acting-Deputy PostmasterGeneral, Sydney, states he has made inquiry of the principal officers, and finds that none know of any case in which a postmaster has been called upon for an explanation of his absence when rung up by telephone.

3.   No. The Acting-Deputy PostmasterGeneral, Sydney, reports as follows: -

I am notaware of any such understanding ; the matter of where officers reside could not be taken into consideration in the arrangement of their duties. It is not a fact that postmasters are required to report themselves on duty to any call from the head office up to closing of the office at8 p.m.

4.   See answer to question No. 1.

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