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Tuesday, 12 June 1984
Page: 2848

Senator Dame MARGARET GUILFOYLE(6.00) —The Opposition does not oppose the motion that has been moved by Senator Gietzelt. As he has said, a practical solution is required to deal with the additional number of members and senators who will come here after the next election. We realise that they could not be adequately housed in the present building. We have just spoken about the inadequacies for Ministers and others caused by the present accommodation. To imagine that 35 additional people could have a practical solution to their accommodation requirements found without some decision being taken would ignore the realities.

I take this opportunity to say that this is another instance of the untimely increase in the number of senators and members decided on in this Parliament in legislation that was before us not so very long ago, because it could have been realised at that time that the housing of the new members so they could work effectively in the building would create practical difficulties. We are proceeding to build an enlarged Parliament House. Maybe the opening of that Parliament House would have been a more appropriate time for the enlargement of the Parliament. However, that is something that is in the past and we do not wish to add to your burden, Mr President, or Mr Speaker's burden, in trying to find effective accommodation by delaying in any way the proposal for the $1.3m prefabricated annex that will be needed after the next election for the accommodation of the new senators and members when they take their place in the Parliament. For these reasons we agree with the motion that was moved by Senator Gietzelt and we hope when the building is completed it will adequately house those new members who will join us here. We thank you, Mr President, for the representations that you made on behalf of the incoming senators.