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Wednesday, 5 October 1927

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . -When speaking this afternoon I found it most difficult to hear the interjections of honorable senators opposite. I do not know whether it was due to the acoustic properties of the Chamber or to a possible defect in my hearing. So far as I am concerned - and I think I can speak for other honorable senators on this side of the Chamber - I find it most difficult to follow the speeches from the Ministerial bench. The Government ought to recognise this fact, and institute inquiries to see if the acoustic properties of the building can be improved.

Senator Thompson - No difficulty will be experienced if honorable senators do not speak too loudly.

Senator GRANT - That may be so; but I found it almost impossible to hear honorable senators opposite. I direct the attention of the Senate to this important * fact, in the hope that the Government will see if an improvement cannot be effected, so that we shall be able to correctly hear what is said.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland) [10.36]. - I agree with what Senator Grant has said. I do not know whether the fault is due to the fact that the building is new to us, or to defective acoustic properties; but it seems to be more difficult to hear in this Chamber than it was in the building we recently vacated in Melbourne. Similar complaints have also been made concerning another place, where, I believe, it is even more difficult to bear what is said. I shall see if something can be done to effect an improvement.

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon. Sir John Newlands). - For the information of the Senate, I may say that this matter has already been raised in another place, and that Mr. Speaker and I are taking the necessary steps to see if an improvement can be effected. The cause of the echo will be ascertained, and an attempt made to correct any defect in the acoustic properties of the Chamber.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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