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Tuesday, 12 July 1904


Mr BATCHELOR - The Public Service Commissioner reports -

1.   As the principle was followed of not reducing any salary paid under the State regulations, it will be found that some postmistresses in New South Wales are paid higher than those in Victoria. To have raised every' officer to the maximum salary would have entailed a very largely increased expenditure. Every postmistress in Victoria has had her salary increased, and under the scheme of Classification, gradual increases will be given until they reach the maximum for the work.

2.   Some of the postmistresses in New South Wales are over-paid, but under the general scheme of Classification have been allowed to retain their salaries - hence the reason for appearing in the Fourth Class. The postmistresses in Victoria will advance to the maximum of the Fifth Class,£160 per annum, but if their offices were classified in the Fourth Class, many of them would probably be displaced by male telegraphists at the maximum of the Fifth Class, of whom there are a large number. Confusion in the Service ' would then ensue, because while the male telegraphists could satisfactorily perform the postmistresses' duties, many of the postmistresses who would be displaced could not take up the telegraphists' work.

3.   No, telegraphists are required to pass an examination in their daily work, in order to demonstrate their efficiency before they can proceed beyond £120 per annum. Postmistresses will advance in grades, and will not be subject to an examination, as telegraphy will form only a portion of their duties, and the same standard of efficiency as telegraphists is not required.

4.   Yes, but as explained, the officers in New South Wales were paid these salaries under the State law, and under the Classification these anomalies will gradually disappear.

5.   There is a greater amount of business done at Jerry's Plains than at Bacchus Marsh ; the former is classified at£140 per annum, the latter at£120, and the postmistress receives an increase of , £10 per annum. The officer at Jerry's Plains is shown in the classification as over-paid, and receives no increase.







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