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Wednesday, 30 June 1915

Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Whether the Department is going to increase the allowance for forage for mounted letter carriers?

2.   How many more reports will be called for before an increase can be recommended?

3.   Is it not a fact that private employers have long since raised this allowance to employees, also that the New South Wales Railways Commissioners have done the same thing?

4.   If the Department cannot afford to pay the increase, will he allow mounted letter carriers to turn out their horses till normal times return?

Mr SPENCE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are -

1.   Public Service Regulation 164 provides, inter alia, that where the maximum rate is considered to be inadequate to meet the actual expenses of any officer, the Commissioner, on reasonable cause being shown, may authorize sin increased rate. Full consideration will be given to applications from officers concerned +,o the Deputy Postmaster-General of the State in which they are employed for increased forage allowance, as provided by the regulation.

2.   No more than are necessary to enable the Applications to be properly dealt with.

3.   I have no knowledge of this.

4.   Sec reply to 1.

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