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Tuesday, 4 September 1906

Senator STEWART (QUEENSLAND) - I desire to ask the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral, without notice, the following questions : -

1.   Is it the case that the travelling mail officers on the Toowoomba toRoma 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 thecase 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 wasrecently suspended for falling asleep on duty ?

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

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