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Monday, 11 December 1905


Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   It is not considered that any delays that may have occurred are due to the small salaries, although the telegraph messengers are paid during the first year of their employment £26 per annum, and advance by three annual increments to the maximum rate of£52 per annum, while messengers in the State Offices receive a minimum of , £40 per annum.

2.   It has been reported that very few complaints of such delays have been made of late, and that delays are not now so numerous as they were previously.

3.   It is understood that the Public Service Commissioner obtains his information respecting Western Australia in the same manner as it is obtained in connexion with the other States, that is through his Inspector and other responsible officers resident in the State, who are acquainted with all the circumstances. The value of the information so obtained is a matter for the Public Service Commissioner's determination, as under the provisions of the Public Service Act and Regulations, the rates of salaries and wages must be determined upon his recommendation.







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