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Friday, 25 November 1910


Senator BARKER asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that, in the CommonwealthGasette of 12th March, 1910, the Public Service Commissioner advertised as vacant in the office of the Chief Electrical Engineer, a position of Assistant Engineer, Grade D, Professional Division, salary ^310 to £400, and is it a fact that he stipulated in that advertisement that, if considered necessary, the applicants would be called upon to pass an examination as to their knowledge of certain branches of engineering?

2.   Is it a fact that the Public Service Commissioner regarded the position referred to in question 1 to that of Assistant Engineer, Class E, salary ,£185 to ^285, and decided that Mr. L.V. K. Bean, whose salary he then raised from £210 to ^'235 should, from the 1st May, 1910, carry out the duties attaching to the regarded position at a salary of ^235 per annum ?

3.   Is it a fact that the duties of the positions referred to in questions r and 2 are identical ; if not, in what respects do they differ?

4.   If the duties are identical, why was the position referred to in question 1 reclassified?

5.   Was the examination referred to in question 1 held j and, if not, why was the examination considered unnecessary ?

6.   Is the work which has been performed by

Mr. L.P. R. Bean since the 1st May, 1910, that which would bave constituted the duties of the Assistant Engineer, Grade D, at a minimum salary of .£310 per annum had that office been filled?

7.   Has the work performed by Mr. L. P. _R. Bean since 1st May, 1910, given satisfaction to the Department, and is it, in the opinion of the Chief Electrical Engineer, worth a salary of ^310 per annum ?

8.   Is it a fact that Mr. L. P. R. Bean's work has not been inspected by the Public Service Commissioner or his inspectors during the last two years?

9.   Does the Public Service Commissioner propose to pay Mr. L. P. R. Bean from 1st May, 1910, the minimum salary of ^310 per annum?







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