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Friday, 13 October 1911

Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - I desire to refer to a matter which, I believe, comes more under the control of the President and the Speaker than of any one else. Some time ago we entertained Admiral Sperry, and other representatives of the American Fleet, in the Queen's Hall, in which we had put up some flags and shields. The flags arc motheaten, collecting dust, dirt, and fleas, and everything else you can think of. They make the Queen's Hall look like the stage of a theatre during the daytime, when nobody is about. Generally they are giving to the Queen's Hall, which, I believe, is Grecian architecture, a tawdry and miserable appearance. I ask whomever may be responsible to see that' these stage effects which were put up for a banquet for one evening, are taken away. The wooden shields are covered with badly-drawn lions, tigers, and other animals. All this rubbish is entirely out of keeping with the place, and the architecture of the Hall. They are a complete eyesore, not only to members of Parliament, but to those who visit the building. I hope that the Minister will bring my request under the notice of those who are responsible for the appearance of the Queen's Hall.

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