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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Mr FREETH (Forrest) (Minister for the Interior and Minister for Works) . - in reply - I wish to add briefly to the remarks of the honorable member for Paterson (Mr. Fairhall) in his capacity as chairman of the Public Works Committee. I assure the House that the Government is fully aware of the great need for Commonwealth offices in almost every capital city. I am at present considering the longterm planning for the completion of office requirements. It appears that possibly

Sydney and Melbourne have the highest claims for the construction of further offices. That matter is currently under examination and it is hoped that we will have some kind of programme to announce fairly soon.

Mention has been made of the materials to be used in the construction of this building, including the marble that has been suggested and the red granite for which the honorable member for Wilmot (Mr. Duthie) puts in such an enthusiastic plug. The decision as to the materials to be used, of course, is partly in the hands of the Public Works Committee and finally in the hands of this House. The proposals will be examined in great detail at all stages.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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