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Tuesday, 24 February 1959

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member will keep off the 21 rooms.

Mr CURTIN - May I suggest, Sir, that all accommodation in Parliament House should be allocated to members of the Parliament, and the parliamentary staffs, and that everybody else should be evicted forthwith. It is a matter of some amazement to me that rooms in this building should be occupied by outsiders at no expense to themselves, and I think that the House Committee should earnestly consider the problem. Could not Government supporters raise their voices in protest, or are they afraid of continued attacks by certain people against their privileges? Something should be done in this matter, and I wish to protest about the lack of space, because I am forced to work in a room with two other members. Through the kindness of my colleague, the honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward), I have been courteously granted a desk at which I can work in company with my colleague, the honorable member for Banks (Mr. Costa), in a room about 12 feet square. I protest at this crowding. 1 think that the press and other elements in the building foreign to the Parliament should be removed immediately.

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