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Friday, 19 July 1946


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

1.   Were certain positions in the Engineering branch of the Postmaster-General's Department in New South Wales and Victoria advertised in Commonwealth Gazettes Nos. 171 and 176, on the 6th and 13th September, 1945?

2.   Have provisional promotions to these positions yet been gazetted; if not, for what reason ?

3.   What is the number of outstanding applications for telephone installations in the Sydney metropolitan area?

4.   Is it a fact that failure to make these provisional appointments has contributed to delay in telephone installations?


Mr Calwell - The PostmasterGeneral has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Yes.

2.   Nominations have been made to fill all of the advertised vacancies. Five of these remain to be gazetted and this will be done at an early date.

3.   25.000.

4.   No. The duties of the positions referred to have been performed by officers acting temporarily therein. The delay is due chiefly to the banking up of applications during the war period, and the difficulties in obtaining the necessary buildings and essential plant and equipment.


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

1.   How many applications for telephone services are in the hands of the department in each State? 2.. When does he expect to be able to supply the sei vices-desired?


Mr Calwell - The PostmasterGeneral has supplied the following answers : -

1.   The number of outstanding applications for telephone services in each State at present is approximately -

 

2.   The inability of the Post Office to meet the demand for new telephone services is due entirely to conditions arising out of the war. In view of the large accumulation of applications for telephone facilities some considerable time necessarily must elapse before the outstanding orders can be completed. Ample stocks of all types of material are on order and supplies are now coming to hand at a reasonable satisfactory rate, but unfortunately through lack of building accommodation and the necessary skilled staff there is unavoidable delay in bringing the equipment into service. The difficulty regarding buildings is most acute and until progress in this respect can be speeded up there is no early prospect of overtaking the arrears of orders that have accumulated.







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