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Wednesday, 24 March 1965

Senator TANGNEY (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I wish to ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior. Is the Minister aware of the highly coloured and startling allegations made throughout Australia in the week-end Press of a high degree of immorality in Commonwealth hostels in Canberra? Is he also aware that these allegations are causing deep concern to parents of many young girls living away from home in Canberra? Will the Minister assure the Senate that these reports do not apply to the vast majority of the young people engaged in the Public Service in this city? Will the Minister have an inquiry made as to the truth or otherwise of the allegations and into the living and recreational facilities available in the hostels? Filially, are there any social workers employed in Canberra to assist young people with their problems?

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