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Thursday, 2 June 1960

Mr DAVIDSON - It seems to me that the latter part of the question should be addressed to the Sydney City Council and not to me. I confess that I do not know anything about the particular matters raised in that part of the question. I have not been there and I have not seen the place mentioned.

I hope that I properly understood the first part of the honorable member's question. I think he was referring to the statement which I made yesterday in reply to a question from the honorable member for Mackellar about the possibility of an inspection of the clock and all these things associated with it. In reply to the request made yesterday by the honorable member for Mackellar, I promised that arrangements would be made for a visit of inspection by any member of the Parliament who was interested. In reply to an inquiry by the Leader of the Opposition, I said that this would apply also to Opposition members and not only to Government supporters. I said then that I thought it would be better to leave the actual time of the inspection to be arranged between the honorable member for Mackellar, other interested honorable members and the Director of Posts and Telegraphs in Sydney. Having indicated that, I rang the Director-General of Posts and Telegraphs, in Melbourne, yesterday afternoon and told him of the arrangements which I had made and the promise which I had given, and I asked him personally to ensure that the director in Sydney did everything possible to make the inspection as thorough as possible and to allow honorable members a full opportunity of seeing the clock and all the other things associated with it. Therefore, I suggest that if the honorable member for West Sydney communicates with the Director of Posts and Telegraphs in Sydney he will be able to make arrangements similar to those being made by the honorable member for Mackellar by communication with the director.

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