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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator COLLINGS (QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Has his attention been drawn to the fact that the omnibus time-tables for the Federal Capital Territory arc not being strictly observed ?

2.   Will he direct attention to this matter, as it is of great importance to employees in Government departments, who must arrive at their respective offices on time ?

3.   Is it a fact that officers of Parliament proceeding to their homes at night after the adjournment frequently are compelled to remain in an omnibus outside a picture theatre for half an hourand longer; if so, will the Minister have such a practice discontinued by the department?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Minister for the Interior has supplied the following answers: - 1 and 2. No; the omnibuses, excepton very rare occasions when breakdowns occur, run strictly in accordance with time-tables.

3.   Certain of the omnibuses, after 10.40 p.m. on week-days and Saturdays, are detained at the picture theatres until the termination of performances. This fact is noted on timetables. Special buses could not be run for the use of individual officers who are very little inconvenienced under the existing arrangements.

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