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Tuesday, 11 May 1920

Mr MATHEWS asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the Acting Public Service Commissioner has lodged an application, to vary the award, dated the 3rd March, 1920; of the Australian Letter Carriers- Association, which operated from the 20th April, 1920?

2.   Is the Minister in agreement with the application lodged to vary the salary schedule of such award by the reduction of the maximum salary of telegraph messengers by £36 per annum, all other juniors by £18 per annum, and all adults by approximately £18 on each designation covered by the award?

3.   Does the Postmaster-General believe that the action of the Acting Public Service Commissioner is in the best interests of industrial peace and contentment within the Commonwealth Public Service?

4.   Will the Postmaster-General take the necessary steps to direct the Acting Public Service Commissioner to withdraw this application for a variation, which is considered to be totally opposed to the spirit and letter of arbitration and conciliation?

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