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Tuesday, 12 July 1904

Mr CROUCH asked the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Has the Public Service' Commissioner in his classification scheme classified Victorian postmistresses lower than postmistresses in New South Wales; and, if so, why?

2.   Have the eighty-nine Victorian officers been placed in the Fifth Division with a maximum salary of £160 (less rent deduction), whilst the New South Wales officers are in some cases placed in the Fourth Division, with a maximum salary of ^235?

3.   Are telegraphists who have refused to take charge of offices better treated than others who have faced such responsibility, in that they can reach from ^120 to ^160 by yearly increments through salaries not being fixed?

4.   Do the postmistresses at Annandale, Auburn, and Dulwich Hill, all in New South Wales, receive salaries under the classification scheme from .£210 to ^235, although they have been many years less in the service than the "postmistresses at Maffra, Malvern, Ascot Vale, Bourkestreet East, and Bright, Victoria, none of whom receive more than£160 yearly?

5.   Why should the postmistress at Jerry's Plains, New South Wales, - with twelve years' service, receive £20 more yearly than the postmistress at Bacchus Marsh, with eighteen years' service ?

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