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Wednesday, 1 October 1902

Mr E SOLOMON (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I should like to know if anything has been done in the matter of the complaints which have been made from time to time with regard to the overwork of men engaged on the wharfs in Fremantle. Three new sheds have lately been erected there, and one officer may be told off to look after two of these sheds at night time. I should like to know whether the Minister thinks it is inthe interests of the revenue to ask one officer to attend to two sheds at night time. I believe the matter has already been brought under the honorable gentleman's notice, but if he has not made inquiries I would ask him to ascertain whether the complaints made are justified

Mr Kingston - I shall be very happy to do so.

Mr E SOLOMON (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - It often happens that two or three vessels enter the port at the same time!, and their cargoes may be discharged during the night. The result of having the service undermanned must be a loss of revenue. If overtime is worked, it should be paid for by the masters of vessels, and I should like to know if the Minister has made inquiries as to whether overtime has been paid for according to the regulation?

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