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Tuesday, 25 October 1904


Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Postmaster-General) - The following replies have been furnished by the Deputy Postmasters-General at Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane: -

1.   Sydney, 33.72 hours.

Melbourne, 3924 hours (including meal times).

Brisbane, 39 hours.

2.   Sydney - Attendants on duty, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on week days, and the whole staff on Saturdays, are allowed from five to twenty minutes relief daily ; this time varies according to pressure of work. Attendants working on other staffs are allowed one hour for meals, and in some cases it is necessary in order to arrange for suitable staff at different periods of the day to make a break of two hours. This gives an average time off per week of six hours twenty-four minutes per attendant.

Melbourne, 3.56 hours (for meals).

Brisbane, 3.66 hours.

3.   Sydney. Yes, so far as periods of a few minutes' relief are concerned, but not as including dinner hours or other breaks necessary for the advantageous arrangement of duties.

Melbourne. - Yes.

Brisbane. - No ; the actual period of attendance is 42.66 hours per week each.







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