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Tuesday, 10 August 1926

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator must not take advantage of it.

Senator FINDLEY - I am the last to take advantage of the Ohair. At all times I endeavour to pay respect to the ooenpant of the chair, whoever he may be. There are many cities within the metropolitan area of Melbourne that hare grown considerably during recent years. A few years ago, Caulfield was not a city and its population was small. Now, it is a city with a population of considerably over 5,000 persons. Some of the roads ' in Caulfield are in bad order. More buildings have been erected in the city of Caulfield during the last few years than in any other municipality in Victoria, with the result that some of the roads have got into a state of great disrepair. It is well known also that some of the roads within the metropolitan area are so bad that children attending school are forced to walk through pools of water and slush, thereby contracting colds, which may lay the foundation for future ill health. Naturally, l am concerned about those municipalities whose population exceeds 5,000' persons. I can well understand the anxiety which the conference manifested. I do not desire to delay the passage of the bill, but I wish the Minister to make a definite - statement respecting the request of the representative gentlemen who waited on the Prime Minister recently that £5,000,000 should be spent within these municipalities.

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Plain).The honorable senator has exhausted his time.

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