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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Government Acquisitions in Melbourne.

Mi-. HUTCHINSON". - The Mel-' bourne Age -a few. days ago published a report to the effect that the Government is considering the purchase of the Manchester Unity Building in Swanson-street, Reliance House in Flinders-lane, and a large block of land in the eastern por-tion of the City of Melbourne, for the purpose of providing Commonwealth offices. I ask the Minister for the Interior whether that report is correct? If so, will the Government consider, as an alternative, the demolition of its building in Post Office-place? That building, which contains the Federal Members Rooms, is drab and. dirty. In conjunction with the demolition of that building will the Government consider the acquisition of the adjoining hotel with a view to erecting a modern ten-story building on the joint sites? Under that alternative plan the Commonwealth could erect an unbroken line nf modern buildings running through from Bourke-street to Post Office-place.

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