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Thursday, 14 June 1928

Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) . - I take this last opportunity for some time of advising the Minister for Home and Territories to keep a careful watch on the Federal Capital Commission while Parliament is in recess. There is a feeling among the inhabitants of this city that with Parliament not in session further injustices will be inflicted upon them by the Commission. Some men, because of changes demanded by the Commission in respect of the control of buildings, have lost several hundred pounds. That money should be returned to them. At the time of the visit of the Duke of York to Canberra, I had a severe attack of sciatica. Sir John Butters promised that a motor car would be. provided for me, but had it not been for a lady who conducts a motor transport service between Canberra and Queanbeyan, I should have been obliged to limp my way from Hotel Acton to Parliament House, which, for a man of my years, and in the state of health I was then in, is a considerable distance. I regard it as infamous that public servants should be compelled to live in houses in the designing of which they had no say. The Commission has treated them like a lot. of helots. Who are these men connected with the Federal Capital Commission that they should have the right to dictate to public servants the class of house in which they are to live - houses with no back verandahs or eaves? Should any glaring evidences of injustice on the part of the Commonwealth occur while Parliament is in recess, they will not go unchallenged.

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