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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr McWILLIAMS (Franklin) .- The object of the honorable member for Bass in moving this amendment was simply to draw the attention of the Committee to a matter which is worthy of serious consideration. The Launceston Post-office is a very handsome and commodious building, admirably suited to the requirements of the town. It was built bv the State, but a difficulty arose in connexion with the erection of a tower, and, as the result of parliamentary interference, a structure was run. up which absolutely destroys the appearance of the building. In view of the small sumrequired to improve the post-office, I think that this matter should receive the serious consideration of the Minister. The citizens of Hobart subscribed £1,500 for a clock and chimes, to be placed in position in the Hobart Post-office, and the inhabitants of Launceston are prepared to subscribe for a clock and chimes to be placed in the post-office tower, if a suitable structure be provided. The present one is not only an eye-sore, but is unsuitable to carry a clock and chimes. I should be sorry indeed, if anvthing were done that would attract attention to so unsightly an object.

From my knowledge of Launceston, I think I can honestlv say that in no other part of the Commonwealth have the people shown a greater degree of self-reliance or more determination to provide the town in which thev live with all the adjuncts of modern civilization. At a cost of a few hundred pounds what is a positive eye-sore in one of the prettiest town in Australia could be removed. I feel sure that the Minister of Home Affairs is not prepared to denv the request of the people of Launceston, since he shows a readiness to be somewhat lavish in his treatment of other parts of the Commonwealth.

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