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Tuesday, 30 June 1903

Sir EDMUND BARTON - The answersto the' honorable member's questions are asfollow : -

1.   There are no gatekeepers at the General' Post-office, Melbourne. All the men who attend at the gate are watchmen, and it is absolutely necessary that they should be present on Sundays. Prior to 1896 the watchmen were appointed on condition that they should attend on Sundays without any other compensation than was provided by the salary attaching to the position, but duringthat year an additional watchman was provided to afford relief and enable the attendance of each watchman to be reduced to six days each week.

2.   They are paid for attendance on Sunday at.' ohe rates paid on other days, which range from . 7s. 8d. per day to fis. per day. As this rate is much higher than that paid by commercial houses where watchmen are employed, and as the-, public service regulations do not authorize a higher rate of payment for Sundays than is paid., for other days, the Postmaster-General does notpropose to make any alteration-.. ;

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