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Thursday, 8 July 1926

Senator CRAWFORD (QUEENSLAND) (Honorary Minister) - The PostmasterGeneral has furnished the following reply: -

The department, in its contracts for line construction work, stipulates that the contractor shall pay his workmen not less than the minimum rates provided for in the arbitration award of the Linemen's Union. There are, however, certain payments which, under the regulations of the Public Service Board, this department has to take into account in preparing its estimates, which a contractor would not require to pay, as the men he em- ploys are mostly residents in the locality in which the work is done. The department, however, specifically provides, in addition to the award rate of pay, that the contractor shall also observe the conditions recognized in the locality in which the work is done.

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