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Thursday, 14 May 1942


Mr Calwell l asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that several registered bookmakers and bookmakers' clerks are employed in the Mail Branch, Melbourne; if so, how many of each class are employed ?

2.   Was a special shift, from 7.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. introduced on Saturday mornings for the benefit of such employees so that they could participate in race-course activities?

3.   Has a new shift of five days, Monday to Friday, been introduced so as to avoid inconvenience to these employees in the pursuit of their race-course activities?

4.   Has permission been sought of the Public Service Board to permit these employees to engage in outside business or employment?

5.   Is it a fact that the Registered Bookmakers' Association(a) advise their members to secure employment in the Mail Branch, Melbourne, as this, being a reserved occupation, will enable avoidance of the call-up for service under Man-power Regulations; and (b) advise them that the association will negotiate Postal Department officials for the acceptance of association members as prospective employees?

6.   Is it a fact that a paragraph, published in the turf newspaper Circle intimated that contact could bo made with Melbourne bookmakers in the Mail Branch, Melbourne?

7.   What was the number of employees in the three sections of the Mail Branch, Melbourne, viz., Inland, Ship and Registration during the periods(a) 1st February, 1941 to 30th April, 1941; and (b) 1st February, 1942 to 30th April, 1942?

8.   What was the total aggregate number of hours of overtime worked by employees in each of those sections of the Mail Branch, Melbourne, during the periods mentioned?

9.   What was the total number of postal articles handled in each of those sections of the Mail Branch, Melbourne, during the periods mentioned?

10.   Is it a fact that leave for physical fitness purposes is denied to employees of the Mail Branch, Melbourne ?

11.   Is it a fact that a senior supervisory officer has been granted leave for physical fitness purposes? 12.Can it be stated when employees of the Mail Branch, Melbourne, will be granted leave for physical fitness purposes?

Inquiries are being made and the honorable member will be informed as early as possible.







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