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Wednesday, 30 June 1937

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) .- Can the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce) inform me whether under any of the. headings con- tained in this part of the schedule, provision is made to arrest the encroachment upon the accommodation of Parliament House provided for honorable senators and honorable members for the purpose of effectively doing their business? I mentioned this matter in the course of my speech on the Address-in-Reply, and I do not desire to elaborate the situation, other than to stress the fact that congestion in every part of this building is becoming more and more intense, with the result that we are often unable to secure a room in which to write letters or converse in privacy. On account of various devices and subterfuges the members of this legislature are gradually being deprived of accommodation in the building and, as a consequence, arc unable properly to do their work. Theencroachment is apparently due to the fact that the Government is not pre pared to proceed with the proper development of this capital city by providing secretariats in which departmental officers can do their work in suitable and comfortable surroundings. I hope that the right honorable gentleman will heed my emphatic request in this connexion.

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