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Wednesday, 3 August 1904

Mr R EDWARDS (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister of Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Have any persons been recently appointed to fill the newly-created offices of shipping' patrol officers in the Department of Trade and Customs at Sydney ?

2.   If so, were they previously on the list of temporary employes, and have they been exempted from the application of that part of the Public Service Act which requires all candidates for appointment to pass certain examinations, except in a few cases?

3.   Are there any experienced men on the list of temporary employes in connexion with the Department of Trade and Customs at Sydney, and, if so, is it intended to take such steps as may be necessary to permanently secure their useful and tried services in safeguarding and protecting the public revenue ?

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