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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 3178

Mr Calwell (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   In view of the difficulties being experienced in providing seating accommodation for diplomats, former members of this House, serving senators and other people who have legitimate reasons for seeking accommodation in the Chamber at Question Time, will he consult with the appropriate authorities with a view to enlarging the House of Representatives by placing the Speaker's Chair under the eastern gallery.

(2)   At the same time will he consult with Mr Speaker with a view to helping the ever increasing number of visitors to the House to obtain seating accommodation by evicting pressmen from the southern gallery which they have occupied since about 1935 and restoring it to the purpose for which it was originally intended.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) This question is a matter for the Speaker in the first instance, and I have therefore referred it to him.

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