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Thursday, 12 November 1914

Senator FERRICKS (QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Has the attention of the PostmasterGeneral been drawn to the September number of The Transmitter, the official organ of the Australian Commonwealth Post and Telegraph Officers' Association, in which are published copies of correspondence that passed between that association and the Deputy PostmasterGeneral in Queensland (Mr. H. B. Templeton), wherein the Deputy Postmaster-General, under date 13th July, 1914, notifies the secretary of the Australian Letter-carriers' Association, Queensland branch, that he (Mr. Templeton) will not grant an interview regarding the question of overtime to representatives of that association until such association repudiates its participation in a resolution passed by representatives of the combined body on 16th May?

2.   Is the Postmaster-General aware that it was a similarly vital issue, viz., the nonrecognition of a union by a tramway manager from America, Mr. Badger, that caused the members of forty-three unions to cease work on the occasion of the Brisbane general strike of 1912?

3.   Has the Postmaster-General indorsed or repudiated the attitude of the Deputy PostmasterGeneral of Queensland on this question?

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