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Wednesday, 30 June 1937

Senator MARWICK (Western Australia.) . - I desire to supple- ment the remarks of the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) in regard to the encroachment on the accommodation provided for honorable senators and honorable members in this building. Parliament House is becoming a real secretariat, and it is high time that the Government took steps to place another building at the disposal of those officials whose business is now largely conducted in this House. The House Committee should make a general inspection of the whole building for the purpose of ascertaining who are at present occupying many of the rooms to the exclusion of honorable senators and honorable members. On the Senate side it will be found' that comparatively little space has been left for the convenience of honorable senators themselves; in fact some of the rooms in question are occupied by private members of the House of Representatives. It is most unfair, and I hope that the House Committee, the President and Mr. Speaker will take the matter up. I also hope that every member of this Senate will stand behind the President in whateveraction he thinks it necessary to take. I suggest that, as the Labour party is now a united body once more, members of the Lang party should cease to occupy those rooms which were placed at their disposal, and the library should take them over again. At the present time, the library is occupying all the rooms along one side of the Senate. However, the members of the Lang party are not the only offenders.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Prime Minister's Department.

Proposed vote,£79,720.

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