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Wednesday, 5 May 1920

Mr RILEY (South Sydney) .- As the then chairman of the Public Works Committee in 1915, I moved for the printing of the report on this work, and it was the duty of the Government to see that the recommendation of the Committee was carried out. I understand that some improvement of the conditions to which we took exception has been made. The Postal Department has been negotiating for the right to tunnel under Vickery's Chambers in order to get an exit into Pitt-street.

Mr Richard Foster - What will be the length of the tunnel?

Mr RILEY - About 100 feet, I think ; and then the employees would have to go up through an iron grating after negotiating the dark passage. That was done by the last Postmaster-General (Mr. Webster), with a view to defeating the recommendation of the Public Works Committee. The members of the Committee were unanimous in condemning the site of this exchange. It was bought by Mr. Agar Wynne when PostmasterGeneral, and the Committee was merely asked to report on the proposed building. We recommended that the site might be improved by purchasing the building which stands between thepresent site and Castlereagh-street, and which could be used to accommodate the Invalid and Old-age Pensions Office, thus saving a large amount in rent annually. I am afraid nothing can be done at this stage, unless the Postmaster-General is agreeable to consider the recommendation made by the Committee to acquire that building.

Mr Wise - I will certainly inquire into that.

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