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Thursday, 7 August 1902

Mr MAHON (COOLGARDIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon no- tice -

1   . Whether the new postal regulations, which came into force on 30th June last, do not provide that Inter-State postal notes shall be paid at their face value at any office in the Commonwealth?

2.   Is the Postmaster-General aware that the manager at Perth directed his subordinates at Coolgardie and other gold-fields offices to continue to deduct the commission hitherto paid on such notes, and that in cases where officers obeyed the regulation by paying notes at their face value, he called upon them to make good the commission ?

3.   Whether, since the manager's ruling was challenged, his instructions have been revoked ; and, if so, does the Postmaster-General think it desirable to retain the services of an officer who either flouts his regulations or is incapable of giving them their correct interpretation ?

4.   Will the Postmaster-General direct that officers compelled to make these illegal payments be refunded the sums So paid ?

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