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Tuesday, 15 March 2005
Page: 29

Dr STONE (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (4:04 PM) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: New offices for the Australian Consulate-General in Bali, Indonesia.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade proposes the construction of a new building to house the Australian Consulate-General in Bali. The new building will be constructed on vacant land being purchased by the Australian government. It will provide purpose-built accommodation for the consulate-general.

The consulate-general is currently working from temporary leased premises, following the closure on security grounds in September 2004 of the former leased offices, which had housed the consulate-general since 1991. The building will be sited within landscaped grounds, including a permanent location for the commemorative garden constructed following the Bali bombing. This garden will include the cross from the memorial service held for the bombing victims, as well as the Anniversary Pond, which was commissioned for the first anniversary memorial service.

The estimated cost of this proposal is $7.15 million. Subject to parliamentary approval, works are planned to commence in August this year and be completed by late 2006. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.