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Thursday, 1 December 2005
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Dr STONE (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (9:19 AM) —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: Redevelopment of Post 1945 Conflicts Galleries and Discovery Room for the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

The Australian War Memorial proposes to redevelop its post-1945 conflicts galleries—the Korea, Vietnam, peacekeeping and recent conflicts galleries—and discovery room at a potential total estimated cost of $17.8 million. The development will create over 1,700 square metres of exhibition space.

The new galleries will feature world-class, state of the art museum exhibitions appropriate to represent the service of more than 110,000 Australians who have served since 1945. This development will allow the display of significant iconic objects like the Vietnam Iroquois helicopter, armoured personnel carrier and bridge section from HMAS Brisbane. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction could begin in July next year and be completed by October 2007. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.