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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr KERBY (Ballarat) .- I wish to follow up the remarks of the honorable member for Angas (Mr. Gabb) in reference to the inadequate allowance to some of our postal officials. The following memorandum has just been sent to a semi-official postmistress : -

I have to inform you that your term of office as semi-official postmistress has been extended for a period of one year from the 24th July, . 1920.Your allowancewill be at the rate of £204 per annum, madeup as follows : -


You will receive1d. per payment for workin connexion with work for military allotments (Any assistance required in this regard must be met out of this allowance). The usual agreement will in due course be forwarded to you for execution.

This country town post-office, which is doing a fair amount of business, is expected to be run at a cost of £204 per annum, but the postmistress is to be paid less than £2 per week, and the agreement between her and the Deputy PostmasterGeneral states that she must give the whole of her time to the performance of her duties. It is an instance of sweating on the part of the Department. I know that it is particularly hard for the PostmasterGeneral (Mr. Wise) to carry on with the funds placed at his disposal up to date, but it would benefit the whole community if these allowance officers were put on a better salary, and given more opportunities of advancement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee-:

Clauses 1 to 4 agreed to.


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