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Improvements in Commonwealth arranged furniture removals



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iw iiiu νιαίΝ ιιτιιια νιαικι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R E V IS E D S P E C IF IC A T IO N S FOR PACKING AND STORING

HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE AND E F F E C T S , AND A SUBSTANTIALLY

IN C R EA SED LEVEL OF IN S P E C T IO N OF CONSIGNMENTS IN

STORAGE.

THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A D V ISIN G LOSS AND DAMAGE

HAVE ALSO BEEN EASED TO PERM IT CLAIMS TO BE SUBMITTED

W IT H IN , 1 4 DAYS IN STEA D OF 4 8 HOURS. M IS S IN G ITEM S

MUST, HOWEVER, S T IL L BE ADV ISED TO THE DEPARTMENT AS

SOON AS P O S S IB L E TO ALLOW THE CONTRACTOR EVERY

OPPORTUNITY OF LOCATING THEM.

MR NEWMAN S A ID THE BROCHURE "Y O U 'R E MOVING"

INTRODUCED IN 1 9 8 1 HAD BEEN R E V ISE D AND R E -IS S U E D IN

AN EXPANDED FORM TO FURTHER A S S IS T THOSE UNDERTAKING

A COMMONWEALTH ARRANGED REMOVAL.

THE M IN IS T E R ALSO EX PRESSED CONCERN THAT NOT ALL

MEMBERS ARE FULLY DISCHARGING T H E IR R E S P O N S IB IL IT IE S

IN RELATION TO T H E IR REMOVAL.; WHILE HE RECOGNIZED

THAT A REMOVAL I S A D IF F IC U L T TIM E FOR A L L , HE

REQUESTED THAT ALL MEMBERS READ AND FOLLOW THE

IN S T R U C T IO N S WHICH ARE DESIGN ED TO ALLOW THE REMOVAL TO

PROCEED AS SMOOTHLY AS P O S S IB L E .

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