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Thursday, 21 May 1931


Senator DOOLEY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Assistant Minister assisting the Minister for Works and Railways) - On the 15th May,. 1931, Senator Dunn addressed to the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   What is the total amount in wages saved by the present Government in the State of New South Wales through dismissals of postal employees during the last fourteen months?

2.   What amount will be saved by the proposed reduction in wages of the postal' employees in the State of New South Wales?

3.   What class of postal employees will the reduction in wages affect, and when will the reduction start?

4.   On whose recommendation is the reduction being made?

5.   Does the Government concur in the reduction?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable senator as follows: -

1.   £240,000.

2.   3. 4. and 5. I am not aware of any proposed reduction in wages. The Public Service Arbitrator recently determined that the allowance granted under awards of the arbitrator in respect of the high cost of living should cease to be paid from the 16th April, 1931, instead of from the 1st July, 1931.







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