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Tuesday, 4 September 1906

Senator CROFT (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I wish, sir. to draw your attention to the following paragraph in the Melbourne Age of Saturday last on the state of the atmosphere in the chamber, more particularly in the press gallery.

Professor Osborne, of the Melbourne University, has verified completely the conjecture put forward in a paragraph published in the Age on 30th August, in which complaint was made ofthe state of the atmosphere in the press gallery in the Senate chamber at Federal Parliament House. Professor Osborne visited the chamber on Thursday last, and, making his way unostentatiously to the press gallery, he obtained samples of the atmosphere. The visit was paid at about10.20 p.m., and on completing his scientific tests Professor Osborne found that the sample contained carbon dioxide in the proportion of27.7 per 10,000. This is the most vitiated sample yet obtained by Professor Osborne, who in a lecture which he delivered a few days ago declared that if the percentage of this gas rose above 10 per 10,000 life could not be maintained at its best.

I desire to ask you, sir, if some action cannot be taken to improve the atmosphere in the press gallery, and also in this portion of the chamber, to which, I may add, Senator Pearce referred some time ago.

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