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Thursday, 12 August 1926

Senator H HAYS - I do not say what has prompted the honorable senator to move in this direction. He certainly has made some very serious charges against the procedure which has been adopted by the commission in regard to buildings in the Federal Capital City. Those charges are either true or untrue, and unless steps are taken immediately to investigate them, something in the nature of a scandal may develop. The Minister should assure honorable senators that at the earliest possible moment he will have a full investigation made and publish the result.

Senator Sir William Glasgow - I shall be delighted to do that.

Senator H HAYS - These charges can have only one effect.

Senator Sir William Glasgow - Every statement that is made in this Chamber is submitted to the commission.

Senator H HAYS - Senator Elliottproduced documentary evidence showing that the commission had invited in Melbourne tenders for houses of a type similar to what are being constructed in Canberra, in order that it might make a comparison of costs. At the same time, it intimated to the prospective tenderers that there was no likelihood of the houses being built. Information that is obtained in that way is totally misleading. All I ask is that the Minister will- give an assurance that the right thing will be done, so that the good name of Canberra will be preserved.

Senator Sir William Glasgow - I gladly give that- assurance.

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