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Thursday, 29 November 2012
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Mr GARRETT (Kingsford SmithMinister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth) (10:59): On behalf of the Special Minister of State, 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: The Australian War Memorial redevelopment of the First World War galleries.

The redevelopment of the First World War galleries at the Australian War Memorial, estimated to cost $32.52 million plus GST, is part of the package of commemorative events and initiatives that comprise the ANZAC Centenary Program 2014-2018. It is unlikely that any other agency, public or private, has the depth of experience and collection of artefacts to facilitate the development of a world-class exhibition on the First World War.

Subject to parliamentary approval, the proposed works are scheduled to start in April 2013 and be completed by November 2014.

I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.