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Tuesday, 11 September 1984
Page: 801


Senator FOREMAN —In accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act, I present the report relating to the construction of the Australian Embassy complex at Beijing in the People's Republic of China.

Ordered that the report be printed.


Senator FOREMAN —by leave-The Committee concluded that inadequate, leased chancery and living accommodation in Beijing should be replaced by a new building which will be appropriate in terms of standard and efficiency to the developing relationship between Australia and the People's Republic of China. The complex will comprise five elements: A four-level chancery, a three-level official residence, 35 terrace houses for staff, and recreation and ancillary facilities. The complex will be designed with special attention to the climatic extremes experienced in Beijing. The Public Works Committee has recommended that the design of the complex be changed so that an additional floor can be added to the chancery section of the complex should this prove necessary at some time in the future. I commend the report to honourable senators.