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Thursday, 27 November 1913

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister . representing the PostmasterGeneral whether his attention has been called to the fact that a very serious fire took place in Adelaide yesterday at timber mills adjoining the General Post Office ? The Superintendent of the Fire Brigade has made the following statement: -

It was really thebrick wall standing between the two sections which saved the situation. If the eastern block had caught, then I think the fire would - well, I don't say it would have destroyed thepost-office, but I do say the heat was so intense that it would have upset and spoilt all the carefully and delicately balanced instruments in the Telegraph Department, and so on, and it would most probably have interfered with the working of the telephone exchange.

Will the Minister take steps to safeguard the interests of the Commonwealth as far as the Adelaide Post Office is concerned, by seeing that sufficient precautions are taken to prevent fires that might destroy or damage the building? Will he also take similar steps in regard to other postoffices ?

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