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Monday, 11 December 1905


General, upon notice -

1.   Referring to his answer to Mr. Mahon's question on 23rd November, to the effect that the delay in the delivery of telegrams in Western Australia were not due to the smallness of the wages paid to telegraph messengers, is it not a fact that the lads referred to are only paid £2 5s. per month, whereas hoys of corresponding age and position outside the service receive at least £3 10s. per month ?

2.   Is it not a fact that complaints of delays in delivering telegrams in Perth and elsewhere are still being received, and that these delays are productive of great loss and inconvenience to the public?

3.   As to his statement that the Public Service Commissioner " is quite aware of the conditions with respect to the rates of wages and cost of living in Western Australia," will he say whether the Commissioner's knowledge is personal or merely heresay ; and if hearsay, does he think such an opinion ought to be taken in preference to that of responsible residents of Western Australia who have had long practical experience of the conditions prevailing there?

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