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Tuesday, 19 July 1904

Mr MAHON (COOLGARDIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) - The honorable member for Lang asked a question with reference to postmasters being required to work on Sundays. All the matters to which the questions Telate are within the control of the Public Service Commissioner, who has furnished the following replies: -

1.   When an officer is in residence, and his attendance is only for brief periods, Sunday overtime is not allowed, as the work forms portion of the duties of his position.

2.   Officers engaged in clearing boxes, sorting, &c, generally perform the duties on Sunday night, in lieu of on the Saturday, consequently it becomes a portion of the ordinary week's work of six days.

3.   Yes, if it is in addition to six days ordinary work, except where officers are in residence.

4.   Where postmasters are provided with quarters, they are required to reside in them. A low rent is charged, for the reason that they are responsible for the careful use and preservation of all Government property in their control. The care of the building is incidental to the duties of their position.


Want of Employment : Tenders for Government Works and Stores.

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