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Tuesday, 2 June 1942

Mr Blackburn n asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that complaints have been made to the Deputy Director of his department in Victoria against the conditions under which telegraph messengers are employed in Melbourne ?

2.   Have representations on this matter been made .by the Deputy Director to the central administration of the department?

3.   What remedial notion has been taken ?

Mr George Lawson - The PostmasterGeneral has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Representations have been made respecting t.l'e delivery of telegrams in suburban areas at night under brown-out conditions.

2.   Yes.

3.   In view of the difficulties associated with the delivery of telegrams after dusk, steps were taken early in March to impose some limits upon the delivery of telegrams for suburban addresses and to prohibit the use of bicycles after dark. Subsequently, consideration was given to the entire suspension of delivery of telegrams by messenger after dark in suburban districts, but in view of the decision to modify brown-out conditions in certain States the matter has been deferred until it can be ascertained whether the effect of such modification will permit of normal deliveries being continued.

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