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Wednesday, 5 October 1910
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Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - According to a return an annual rent of £60 is paid for the Electoral Offices in the Treasury Building at Brisbane. The offices are two miserable, badlyventilated, badly-drained rooms situated almost in the vault of the Treasury. When I paid mylast visit the offices were so crowded that there was hardly room for anybody to move. I addressed to the Department a letter, in which I pointed out how impossible it was for the work to be properly carried out there. One room was allotted to the principal officer, and the other accommodated six or eight clerks, and, if I remember aright, it measured about 20 feet by 14 feet. My visit was paid in what is known as the wet season, and the whole place was putrid with the smell of growing vegetable matter half way up to the windows of the rooms, which faced a quadrangle. There was no room for the officers to move about, and there was absolutely no room for people to go in to do business. Probably the last Government, and the one they replaced, were more to blame than are the present Government. The public cannot even get a glimpse of the rolls so badly lighted is the miserable place. It is unhealthy, and not worth any rent. I do not expect a definite reply to-day, but I ask the Department to look into the. matter, and see if better quarters cannot be obtained for the accommodation of the electoral officers.







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