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Thursday, 23 November 1905

Senator STEWART (QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Were telegraphists in Victoria promoted from the 5th Class to the 2nd and 3rd Grades of the 4th Class upon the recommendation ofan Advisory Board without any examination?

2.   Is it not probable that a number of the men thus promoted would have failed through nervousness if subjected to a test examination?

3.   Is it not a well-known fact that good and capable telegraphists have been deprived of promotion purely and simply through nervousness in the test examination ?

4.   Could not the Commissioner devise a more practical method of promoting telegraphists so that good and reliable operators should not be debarred from promotion?

5.   Is it true that the automatic machine which was considered so perfect by the Commissioner, but universally condemned by the candidates and other expert telegraphists, has since been readjusted ; and, if so,why?

6.   Is it true, as has been alleged, that the machine upon which telegraphists were recently tested is obsolete for transmitting purposes?

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