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Wednesday, 23 May 1928

Mr GIBSON - On the 16th May, 1928, the honorable member for Capricornia (Mr. Forde) addressed to me the following questions: -

1.   How many post offices in Australia have ' been reduced in status from official to allowance post offices since 1st January, 1926?

2.   What amount has the Department saved by such reductions?

3.   What is the minimum salary paid to an official postmaster?

4.   What is the minimum salary paid to an allowance postmaster?

5.   For how many years has an official postmaster been stationed at Mount Perry, Queensland, and what was the annual revenue each year from that . office for the last five years ?

6.   What has prompted the Department in reducing the status of Mount Perry office to that of an allowance post office?

I am now in a position to furnish the following particulars : -

1.   Sixteen, including seven in Western Australia owing to decline in mining operations.

2.   Approximately £3,000 per annum.

3.   £252 per annum.

4.   There is no prescribed minimum. The remuneration payable to a non-official postmaster is dependent upon the volume of business transacted at his office. 5. (a) Forty -five years (according to earliest departmental records available).


C.   The volume of business transacted at the office can be handled efficiently by an allowance postmaster and, as public facilities would not be impaired by a reduction in status, the circumstances did not warrant the retention of an official staff.

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