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Wednesday, 16 September 1936

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - Under the head of "Miscellaneous " there is an item " Maintenance of Members' Rooms in Capital cities, including furniture, also salaries and attendants - £2,200." I do not know whether any of the members of the Ministry, who attended the conference of Commonwealth and State Ministers held in Adelaide a few weeks ago, visited the rooms allocated to federal members in Parliament House, Adelaide. If they did so, they will agree with me that the accommodation provided for federal members to attend to their correspondence and peruse parliamentary and other literature is totally inadequate.

Senator Duncan-Hughes - The existing rooms in Adelaide are hope.ess.

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - 1 agree that the existing rooms are hopeless. That faithfully describes them.. Only two rooms, and those are in the basement, are provided for us. There is absolutely no laying out of parliamentary literature. If we want books of any description, even Ilansard, we have difficulty in finding them.

Senator McLeay - And there are twelve South Australians to be catered for.

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - And visiting members from Western Australia have also to be accommodated.

Senator JAMESMcLACHLAN.Yes, but when visiting members arrive in Adelaide we are ashamed to show our rooms to them. I ask that something be done to remedy the situation. The rooms should be brought up-to-date, so that we may no longer have cause to be ashamed of them.

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