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Tuesday, 21 August 1906

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - The following information has been furnished by the Acting Deputy Postmaster-General, Sydney, in connexion with questions 1 and 2 : -

1.   Yes, despatching work is being performed by sorters pending a settlement of the question as to whether despatching officers in mail vans will be transferred to the General Post Office, or forego their title, and remain in their present positions, as some of them desire. Action is now in hand which should shortly result in an earlysettlement of the case.

2.   Pending a settlement of the matter referred to in No. 1, despatching officers are engaged at other mail work which is not, however, considered less responsible.

The replies to questions 3 and 4 are as follow : -

3.   The practice in the other States is being investigated.

4.   See answer to No. r.

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