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Wednesday, 7 December 1927


Senator HERBERT HAYS - I am aware of that, and I appreciate the action of the Government. No body of public servants renders a greater service to the people in the outback districts than do these allowance postmasters. They have to deal with many matters, including telephone, money order, savings bank, old-age pension, and other business, besides that of the post office itself. Their duties are indeed varied, and their working hours long. Only those who live in sparsely populated districts can realize the service they render to the community. If an allowance postmaster wishes to take a holiday he must find some one approved by the PostmasterGeneral's Department to relieve him, and he must pay that person. Notwithstanding what has ' been done, there is still a want of appreciation on the part of the PostmasterGeneral's Department of the services rendered by these officers. They are entitled to more generous treatment than has been given to them.







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