The new Parliament House was nearly ready to be unveiled on this day in 1988, but the attendants were unhappy about the uniforms they would have to wear for its opening.
According to the front page, the new uniforms that had been delivered were "widely despised" amongst the attendants, and up to 70 per cent of them did not fit properly.
The wife of one of these aggrieved attendants said she was unsurprised by the ill-fitting uniforms, as they had been measured by two "confident and vigorous women" who had only taken a few minutes per man to make those measurements.
Apparently the confidence of the women "evaporated" when it came to measuring the inside leg, and several errors were made at that stage, with many of the trousers being too short or too tight.
The wife of the attendant said many were upset that so much effort had been put into the construction of the new Parliament House, yet their uniforms were made in haste and seemed to be an afterthought.
The attendants were also critical of the uniform itself, some calling it nondescript and "high school grey".
A Parliament spokesman defended the uniform chosen, saying it was difficult to make such a decision when some people wanted uniforms that looked like "brilliant bandmasters covered in braid", and others wanted something casual enough to walk around Civic in during lunch time.
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