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Wednesday, 1 September 1937


Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - On the 26th August Senator Guthrie asked a question, upon notice, regarding the staff of Australia House, London. Replies were furnished in regard to parts 1 to 5 of the honorable senator's question, and I indicated that inquiries were being made- regarding part 6 reading as follows: -

6.   Is it a fact that, the lift employees arn females, and, if so, why are such jobs not given to limbless soldiers?

I now inform the honorable senator that the following advice has been furnished by the High Commissioner, London : - " Owing to the large number of tenants and their callers, the traffic on lifts is very heavy. Each lift has a sliding door and nl each floor there arc double doors opening outward which necessitate the attendant stepping: out of the lift at each stop to close them. It would bc impracticable for a one-legged man to operate these doors combined with the control of the motor. In the case of a onearmed man, operation would be difficult and the service would be slowed down appreciably,"

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