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Thursday, 18 September 2003
Page: 20447


Mr TUCKEY (Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government) (10:06 AM) —I move:

That, in accordance with section 5 of the Parliament Act 1974, the House approves the following proposal for works in the Parliamentary Zone which was presented to the House on 17 September 2003, namely: Installation of a commemorative plaque to the victims of the Bali atrocity.

This motion proposes the installation of a commemorative plaque for the victims of the Bali atrocity in the `northern hedged room' of the formal gardens of the parliamentary precincts. The plaque will list the names of those Australians who lost their lives and will be located to the east of the House of Representatives entry and adjacent to Parliament Drive, as it provides public access but also affords space for quiet contemplation.

Under section 5 of the Parliament Act 1974, the Presiding Officers are responsible for works within the parliamentary precincts and the Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government is responsible for other works in the parliamentary zone. Accordingly, this motion is moved on behalf of the Speaker and the President.

The works are expected to cost in the vicinity of $10,000. The National Capital Authority has given works approval. Given the minor nature of the works, the Presiding Officers did not consider it necessary to refer the matter to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories for inquiry and report.

I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.