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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4603

Mr UREN -(R.cid-Minister for Urban and Regional Development)- Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER -Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr UREN - I do. Firstly, the suggestion that there were differences between Mr Daly and myself is completely untrue. In fact there was an agreement as a result of which land was acquired with access to Marsden Street to permit access to Murray Brothers (Parramatta) Pty Ltd. This was the only request made by me at any time- if that land were acquired there would be interconnection between the shopping area and the proposed development of Murray Brothers. There has been much rambling going on for considerable time by the honourable member for Parramatta (Mr Ruddock) about who could claim credit for the proposal to develop Meg.gitt's site in Parramatta. I nailed the lie- if I may use that word- in my statement in the Parliament yesterday when I said that there was agitation after the Woolloomooloo site was rejected. For 2 years prior to that I had been suggesting that the Commonwealth centre should be located at Parramatta and not Woolloomooloo.

Agitation subsequently was made by the former member for Parramatta, out of desperation and pressure built up by my agitation. The then Government considered the matter. A Cabinet submission was made by the then Minister for the Interior in October 1972 but the Cabinet rejected that proposal. Therefore it was not the Government of that day that acquired the land; it was the present Labor Government. It was as a result of joint ministerial decision by the Minister for Services and Property (Mr Daly) and myself that the Meggitt site was acquired. The Department of Services and Property is negotiating to determine whether the baby health centre can be incorporated in the development. We have acquired further land in the north-west corner of the site where at present a petrol station is located. We have also acquired a right of way to integrate the development of the Australian Government site with the proposed development of Murray Brothers. These are the facts. All along I and the Minister for Services and Property personally- I stress the word 'personally'have wanted to integrate the Commonwealth development with other future development in Parramatta, not to isolate it.

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