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Friday, 2 July 1920

Mr RILEY (South Sydney) . - I had the honour to be chairman of the Public Works Committee when this proposed work was referred to that body. I say that it is very urgently necessary that it should be carried out.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - Did the honorable member approve of this expenditure in Melbourne?

Mr RILEY - Yes.

Mr Tudor - Who signed the report of the Public Works Committee on the proposed work?

Mr RILEY - I did. The Public Works Committee recommended that this work should be carried out. The members of the Committee went into all the details, and it is a matter for regret that the establishment of the exchange has been delayed so long. I hope that the PostmasterGeneral (Mr. Wise) will do all that he can to extend postal and telephonic facilities throughout the Commonwealth. I can assure him that if he proposes to do so the members of this House will not be likely to grumble about being asked to support proposals of this kind.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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