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Friday, 21 September 1928

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) (7:32 AM) . - In certain localities, linesmen have to undertake jobs which are remote from their place of residence, and frequently they are not able to return to their homes at night. Representations have been made to the department to have those men returned to their homes each night, and I should lite to know whether the Postmaster-General will take steps in that direction. The following letter has been received from Mr. Peterken, secretary of the Amalgamated Postal Workers Union of Australia, which very clearly explains the situation -

Mr. J.H. Scullin, M.H.R.,

Federal Parliament House, Canberra.

Dear Mr. Scullin,

I am enclosing copies of correspondence that has passed between the Postal Department and myself, relative to the supply of a number of light motor trucks for the use of linemen employed in country centres, and principally at Geelong.

Some of the Geelong members of my union approached Mr. Lister, M.H.E., on this matter some few months ago, and then requested me to write him with a view to obtaining his assistance in the direction of influencing the department to make provision in the next Estimates for extra motor vehicles. He has replied to the effect that he considers the request a reasonable one, and that he will urge upon the Postmaster-General the advisability of complying with our request.

The great majority of our country members desire to return to their homes each evening, but this is only possible when adequate motor transport is available. To assist in this direction I shall be pleased if, when the current year's Estimates are under consideration by Parliament, you will use your best endeavours to have as large an amount as possible allocated to the purchase of additional motor conveyances.

Thanking you in anticipation,

I am,

Yours fraternally, (Signed) J. J. Peterken,


I believe that the transport of these employees would effect a considerable saving, as it would enable the work to be carried out more expeditiously. What is more important is that it would enable the men to return home each evening.

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