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Wednesday, 25 July 1906

Mr LEE (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Is he aware that a number of postmasters in the New South Wales service, with a most honorable career of over twenty-three years' service, are receiving a salary of£160 per annum, less 10 per cent. deducted for quarters, and other postmasters with many years' less service are paid over£200 per annum?

2.   Is he aware that a number of reductions were made by the Public Service Board in1896, who graded the offices on a revenue basis.' Postmasters whose salaries were reduced thereby were not deprived of their seniority?

3.   Is he aware that the Commonwealth Commissioner declines to recognise the services of officers prior to transfer to the Commonwealth, but has ruled that the officer with the higher salary shall be considered senior and have prior claim to promotion?

4.   Is he aware that this ruling will practically debar a number of officers with long and faithful service a chance of advancing from the fifth to fourth grade for probably many years, thereby causing much discontentment ?

5.   Would he place a sum of money on the Estimates to remove the anomalies and advance officers with long service from the fifth to fourth grade?

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