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Wednesday, 5 May 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- If, as stated by the honorable member for South Sydney (Mr. Riley), there is difficulty in providing proper means of ingress and egress to this building, the matter ought to be looked into, for these are all important in case of fire. I understand that this new building is in the middle of a block of other buildings, and certainly some means of escape should be provided for the employees.

Mr Fenton - This is a death-trap.

Mr TUDOR - We know that the best " fireproof " buildings in the world have been destroyed by fire.

Mr Riley - The danger is from ' the surrounding buildings.

Mr TUDOR - That is so ; and I hope that the Postmaster-General will see that the employees are given a fair chance. If necessary, there should be a new building, although I know that the prices for land are at the present time very high. The Commonwealth, for their extended activities, might use some of their own buildings for housing the officers who look after pensions, war pensions, and also, perhaps, for the Repatriation Commission.

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