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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Dr EARLE PAGE (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that, though telegraph messengers, of four years' standing receive £134 per annum, postal assistants of five and a half years' service are receiving only£84 per annum?

2.   Whether many postal assistants are resigning from the Commonwealth Service from this cause?

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

1.   Under the recent letter carriers' arbitration award a telegraph messenger entering the Service at sixteen years of age at £72 per annum would receive £138 per annum on attaining the age of twenty years. I am informed that there are not any postal assistants with five and a half years' service who are receiving £84 per annum.

2.   I am not aware of any.

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