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Monday, 11 December 1905

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Postmaster-General) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   No. No sorter is required to be on duty continuously from 6 a.m. till8.15 p.m. and 9 p.m and they do not work at high pressure during the whole of their working hours.

2.   With only three exceptions, the sorting staff have received their full leave during this year. In the exceptional cases a portion of their leave is necessarily postponed, owing to the exigencies of the service, until early next year.

3.   It is not known that any differences exist in the hours of sorters as between those employed in New South Wales and those employed in the other States. In all cases, the hours to be worked are those determined by the Public Service Commissioner.

4.   It is reported that there is some dissatisfaction as to the length of the hours of work, but they do not in any case exceed those laid down by the Public Service Commissioner.

5.   From inquiries thathave been made, it does not appear that there is any sweating in the sorting branch of the Department in New South Wales.

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