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Tuesday, 19 April 1904

Sir PHILIP FYSH (DENISON, TASMANIA) (Postmaster-General) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Mrs. Wellswas not retired from the service. She was an unofficial postmistress, who, in consequence of several irregularities, was asked to resign, and has done so. .

a.   She has not been reinstated.

3.   Full inquiry was made into the matter by two Departmental officers. As an unofficial postmistress, Mrs. Wells was not entitled to compensation under any circumstances, as she held office during the pleasure of the PostmasterGeneral, who gave the most careful consideration to all the representations made in connexion with the case before deciding upon the action to be taken.

4.   The papers and correspondence are voluminous, but there is no objection to lay copies of them on the table of the library if desired.

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