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Wednesday, 5 May 1920

Mr WISE (Gippsland) (Postmaster- General) . - I move -

That in the opinion of this House it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work: - Provision of Automatic Telephone Exchange, Sydney.

This is only a formal motion. On 22nd August, 1915, this work, with several others, was referred to the Public Works Committee. The Committee approved of the work subject to certain means of ingress and egress being provided. Its report was laid upon the table, and ordered to be printed on the 5 th November, 1915, but through some oversight the formal motion, which I now ask the House to pass, was never made. The work was. proceeded with, the buildings were erected, and a large number of telephones were installed. We propose to continue the work, and install a further large number of lines at a cost largely in excess of £25,000, but still within the estimated cost of the complete work as set out in the report of the Committee. On looking into the files recently we found that this formal motion had been overlooked, and as the additional work that is now proposed was included in the original report of the Committee, I ask the House to rectify the omission by formally agreeing to the motion. I have explained the matter to the former chairman (Mr. Riley) and other members of the Public Works Committee, and to the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Tudor).

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