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Friday, 14 October 1949

Mr CHIFLEY - The questions that the honorable member has asked cover a very wide field. They have been the subject of discussion with representatives of the organizations concerned. At present, certain claims are pending before the Public Service Arbitrator with respect to rates and conditions. Those claims are being advanced by the High Council that represents the various organizations with the exception of employees of the Postal Department, whose organization is not affiliated with the council, although it participates in all conferences of that body regarding rates of pay and conditions. Some features of the questions that the honorable member has asked would involve a fairly lengthy reply. I shall discuss those matters with the Acting Chairman of the Public Service Board and endeavour to give a detailed reply to the honorable member. In addition, I assure her that I shall look into the position personally.

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