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Thursday, 12 May 1994
Page: 813


Senator WATSON (9.02 p.m.) —I wish to take but a few moments of the Senate's time on this adjournment debate to seek a correction to two information tablets on the left- and right-hand sides of the entrance to the old Parliament House. A constituent, Mrs Woolston, drew my attention to the incorrect use of the apostrophe on a number of places on those tablets. I refer to the `1930's' and the `House of Representative's', neither of which should have an apostrophe.

  At lunchtime I personally verified those errors. I think that such errors reflect very poorly on the Commonwealth department responsible, and it is quite obvious that there was a lack of checking. Unfortunately, standards in our community are falling and this is but one example that needs immediate reflection. Perhaps it also reflects rather poorly on the status of English in today's curriculum. I therefore call on the Minister for Family Services (Senator Crowley) to inform her appropriate colleague about the errors to ensure that they are corrected, because these information tablets are read by so many visitors to the old Parliament House and, as I said, reflect very poorly on the very many people who must have been responsible for their presentation and placement.