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Wednesday, 8 June 1904

Mr WILLIS (Robertson) - I was one of those honorable members who rose in their places to enable the right honorable member for Swan to move the adjournment. My object was to afford the right honorable member an opportunity to substantiate his case. After having heard the statement of the Postmaster-General, I feel that there is no desire on his part "to prevent titles of distinction from receiving due recognition under proper circumstances. Many anomalies might arise if military titles were recognised in connexion with service in a Public Department. We might, for instance, find a subordinate in the Postal Service holding a higher military, title than his superior officer. I understand that the Minister has decided that military titles are not to be recognised in connexion with the official work of the Department, and that juniors will not be compelled to address their seniors by such titles. I am pleased to have an opportunity to support the Minister in the stand which he has taken, because he is one of the few men capable of occupying such a position. I trust that he will continue to keep a strong hold of his Department, and see that proper discipline is maintained throughout the service.

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