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Wednesday, 5 May 1920

Mr WEST (East Sydney) .- On more than one occasion I have brought this matter under the notice of honorable members, and have done my best to prevent the work in this building from going on. The. delay in introducing the work to the House has been with the object of defeating the desires of myself and other honorable members who know something of the circumstances. The building in question is in the centre of the block formed by Castlereagh-street, Pitt-street, Hunter-street, and Moorestreet. On the Castlereagh-street side there is a building with thirteen floors; ou the Pitt-street side the building backs into Vickery's property, which is four stories high; and on the right-of-way, which is spoken of, there are buildings occupied by Penfold, printer. I cannot conceive how it was managed to put a building up there; the work must have been carried on very quietly, and, of course, secure from observation, because from outside the block it cannot be seen. In Castlereagh-street, the lane is about 10 feet wide, but it is built over, and the opening is only about the same in height. Those who talk about a tunnel into Pittstreet can know nothing of works of the kind. In the first place, the telephone wires are an interference, and, further, owing to the rise of the tidal waters, the land cannot be properly drained to permit of a tunnel. It is damnable nonsense to talk about making a tunnel there.

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