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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

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

1.   Is it the case that the travelling mail officers on the Toowoomba to Roma line, Queensland, work while on duty from 19 to 28 hours without any interval for sleep?

2.   If not, what are the hours worked?

3.   Is it the case that one officer who had been employed on that line is now, or was recently, absent from duty on sick leave?

4.   If so, what was the nature of the illness as certified by his medical attendant ?

5.   Is it the case that another officer on the same line was recently suspended for falling , asleep on duty?

6.   If so, what punishment was inflicted for the offence?

Senator KEATING__Inquiries are being made, and answers will be furnished as scon as possible.

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