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Friday, 7 May 1915

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - Senator Bakhap deserves the thanks of honorable senators generally for bringing this matter prominently under notice. It is a strange reflection that land should be so scarce in the Commonwealth that it should be necessary to erect & building which requires to be artificially lighted in the day time.

Senator de Largie - That was due, not to the scarcity of land, but to a scarcity of brains in the architect of the building.

Senator GRANT - There was evidently something radically wrong when at midday we cannot have the light of the sun in this chamber.

Senator Keating - There is no light from the sun in Melbourne in winter.

Senator GRANT - Just what ought to be done I am not prepared to say, but If the President proposes to take the matter into consideration I should like to mention that, in Macdonnell House, the home of Labour Papers Limited, in Sydney, a system of lighting has been adopted which, if not as 'good as the sun at midday, is certainly a hundred per cent, better than the system adopted here. I mentioned the matter of the lighting of the chamber some time ago, but, apparently, owing to the fact that this building does not belong to the Commonwealth, there is some difficulty in the way of effectively improving the system. I hope that you, sir, will take the necessary steps to have the lighting of this chamber improved as soon as possible.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [12.10].- Every honorable senator must realize how unpleasant it is to nave to put up with the glare from the lights in this chamber. There is a new and indirect system of lighting by means of which it is possible to get the full benefit of the electric light without any glare at all. The light from lamps hung near the ceiling of a chamber is reflected upon the ceiling, and from the ceiling to the floor. The installation of such a system would make a wonderful difference to the comfort of the chamber. It would be a great advantage, as under the indirect system there is no glare in the eyes, and no shadows are cast. Any expense which might be ( incurred in replacing the present lighting system by a system of indirect lighting, would be amply justified by the great benefit honorable senators would derive from the change.

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