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Thursday, 4 July 1946

Mr POLLARD - I hesitated for some months to mention this matter,. but when I read that the Government, in the fullness of its heart, and in generosity of its outlook is (o bring so many additional persons within the . ambit of the invalid and old-age pensions legislation, I thought that something should be done immediately to overcome this gross overcrowding. The position in Melbourne is, I am afraid, also repeated in the other capital cities. The need for an improvement of the accommodation in the Melbourne office is particularly urgent, because I noticed young people in the twenties or early thirties, an age at which they are most susceptible to infection from the dread tuberculosis germ, constituted a large proportion of the staff 'there.

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