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Thursday, 28 May 1942

Mr MORGAN (Reid) (6:22 AM) .I was surprised that the honorable member for Parramatta (Sir Frederick Stewart), who claims to be interested in social services, should have spoken as he did. Surely he must know something of the position in regard to schools and hospitals in New South Wales, that most hospital boards have deficits, that additional hospital accommodation is needed as a result of the war, and that the schools have been neglected for years by anti-Labour administrations. Only recently I heard the New South Wales Minister for Education say that he had to find several millions of pounds for new school buildings and for repairs to existing buildings. In my electorate, he laid the foundation of a new school. The old school had not had a coat of paint for 50 years, and there were holes in the floor through which the rats entered and ate the children's lunches. Under the previous Government, plans and specifications for a newbuilding had been prepared, but there was no guarantee that the work would ever be done. Now the foundations have been laid, and building operations are going on. Another consideration is that the States have to find large sums of money for air raid precautions services. I was surprised to hear the honorable member for Parramatta advocate something which would have the effect of preventing necessary services being provided in New South Wales.

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