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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Mr RILEY (for Mr. Mathews) asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Will he supply a return showing the sick leave granted to male telephonists in the Commonwealth service during the term beginning on the 1st July, 1919, and concluding on the 30th June, 1920?

2.   Is it a fact that the male telephonist on night duty at the Footscray Exchange is called upon, in addition to answering calls, to enter daily calls on tally sheets?

3.   Is it a fact that this duty is excessive, considering that during the busy season upwards of 3,800 calls are to be recorded, in addition to attending calls?

4.   Will the Minister cause inquiries to be made, with the view of having this work deleted from telephonists' duties?

Mr WISE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes, if sufficient justification can be shown for incurring the expense. 2, 3, and 4. These are matters which have a bearing on a plaint lodged with the Arbitration Court, and it is not usual to answer questions in Parliament on matters which are sub judice.

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