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Friday, 22 June 1906

Mr EWING - The Acting Deputy Postmaster-General, Sydney, has furnished the following information: -

1.   There are at present in New South Wales, eight postmasters absent from their offices on relieving duty.

2.   Bourke, Grafton, Orange, Bombala, Millthorpe, and Tilpa; periods in these cases indefinite. Lismore, about six weeks, terminating about 14th July. Denman, three weeks, from 20th June, 1906.

3.   Postmaster, Bourke, acting as inspector; he has been recommended for permanent appointment as inspector. Postmaster, Grafton, acting as inspector, filling vacancy temporarily. Postmaster, Lismore, acting as inspector in the absence of Mr. Inspector Brewer, who is ill. Postmaster, Orange, acting as postmaster, Denili- quin, pending the appointment of a successor to Mr. G. S. Hay (appointed inspector). The postmaster at Orange was allowed to so relieve at his own desire, in order to escape the winter climate at Orange, and because the arrangement was the most economical practicable. Postmaster, Bombala, lately appointed, has been acting as postmaster, Newcastle, for a considerable time, in the absence of Mr. R. W. Arnott, who was acting as, and has lately been appointed, inspector; required at Newcastle till the new postmaster assumes control. Postmaster, Millthorpe, was brought to Sydney at his own desire, on account of his wife's health, five years ago, and has been retained there for the convenience of the Department, and is now relieving pending his possible transfer from Millthorpe. Postmaster, Tilpa, relieving postmaster at Bellingen, whose retirement from the Service was approved to take effect from the 1st June, 1906. His service has now been extended for twelve months. Postmaster, Tilpa, urgently desired change to coast for the sake of the health of his family. Postmaster, Bellingen, desires duty inland ; the question of temporary exchange is now under consideration. Postmaster, Denman, sent to Muswellbrook to relieve postmaster who urgentlyrequired sick leave; no other suitable arrangement practicable.

4.   No. Postmaster relieving retain the salary attached to their own offices.

5.   Yes, there is a shortage of relieving officers, delays consequently sometimes occur in relieving postmasters desiring leave of absence, or whose transfer has been approved.

6.   The question of increasing the relieving staff is under consideration.

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