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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr GREGORY (Swan) .- The Public Works Committee is of opinion that in the earlier stages of the occupation of Canberra there will probably be a fairly large proportion of officers who will not be able to afford to board at the more expensive establishment. I do not think that at the hostel which the Advisory Committee proposed it will be possible, after paying interest and the cost of general upkeep, to charge less for board than £3 to £3 5s. per week. But a large number of officials will not be able to pay more than 30s. to 35s. per week. We are desirous that that section of the Service should be looked after before the more expensive building - which probably will not be required until Parliament actually meets at Canberra - is erected. The Minister assures us that the Committee's recommendation is appreciated, and that adequate provision will be made for the lower-paid officials.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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