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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1323

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   How many engineers and support staff are employed by the Postmaster-General's Department at the Redfern Mail Exchange?

(2)   How many similar staff are employed at the General Post Office in Sydney7

(3)   What is the reason for the difference in the number of staff?

Senator COTTON, Acting PostmasterGeneral - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   There are 10 professional engineers and 32 technical and administrative support staff, physically located at the Sydney Mail Exchange. This group, however, is responsible for a number of State-wide activities, in addition to the control of the manipulative staff involved with the operation and maintenance of the Sydney Mail Exchange equipment. The group of professional engineers and support staff located at the Sydney Mail Exchange controls the following manipulative staff:

(a)   Equipment maintenance, operations and mail flow supervision at the Sydney Mail Exchange, on 3 shift operation - 349.

(b)   Postal Plant Depot, covering the installation of all mail handling equipment throughout the State- 128.

(c)   Special projects and investigations - 10.

(d)   Maintenance and operations at the G.P.O. -24.

(2)   and (3) Because the engineering staff for the whole State, including the G.P.O., is based at the Sydney Mail Exchange, it is not possible to draw a direct comparison between the two locations, particularly as the G.P.O. ls now under re-development. In addition the system design, machine design, and specification work for the G.P.O. re-development has been carried out by the professional group at the Sydney Mail Exchange, and about half of the postal, plant depot staff is committed to that project.

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