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Tuesday, 19 June 1906

Mr MALONEY asked the Acting PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Is he aware that telegraphists in the Fifth class, on reaching . £120 per annum, are subjected to an examination before obtaining any increase of salary, while those telegraphists who are just entering the service are exempted from this examination ?

2.   Why are the lower grade telegraphists, on reaching £120 per annum, subjected to this set examination while other telegraphists are promoted on the report of an Advisory Board, which bases its recommendations on the work actually done by the officers concerned ?

3.   Is he aware -

(a)   that in the set. examination last year telegraphists were tested by means of an automatic machine, an instrument that is not in use in Victorian telegraph offices ;

(b)   that 77 telegraphists failed to pass this examination, and that many of these attribute their failure to the fact that they were tested otherwise than under ordinary working conditions ;

(c)   that candidates have been refused an opportunity of familiarizing themselves with the working of the automatic machine?

4.   Why are telegraphists who passed in " sending" last year not exempted in that subject in the forthcoming examination?

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