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Tuesday, 16 April 1985
Page: 1062

Senator FOREMAN —On behalf of the Public Works Committee I present the forty-eighth general report of the Committee.

Ordered that the report be printed.

Senator FOREMAN —by leave-The report covers the activities of the twenty-seventh Committee during 1984. Last year was a busy year for the Committee. The Committee met on 40 occasions to conduct public hearings and site inspections, and to deal with general business. Nineteen reports covering a diverse range of works were presented. A large number related to defence works, airports and repatriation general hospitals; others concerned a film and television school, a Commonwealth and Family Court, navigational aids for ships, a Commonwealth centre, an embassy, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation studio and an electricity sub-station. The estimated cost of the works was in the order of $460m. The report makes reference to a number of matters which arose during the year, namely, amendments to the Public Works Committee Act, defence housing and Hydrographer's Passage, Great Barrier Reef.

I now pay tribute to members on the twenty-seventh Committee, all of whom are still members or senators: Senator Bernie Kilgariff, who was the longest serving member on the former Committee, having been appointed to the twenty-fourth Committee on 4 March 1976; the honourable member for Farrer, Mr Wal Fife-now the member for Hume-who served with distinction as Vice-Chairman; the honourable member for Deakin, Mr John Saunderson, now the honourable member for Aston; the honourable member for Lyne, Mr Bruce Cowan, and the honourable member for Forrest, Mr Peter Drummond. The work of the Committee's secretariat also deserves mention, especially the long and dedicated service by the Secretary, Mr Dick Fenton.

Finally, I would like to thank the many witnesses who assisted the Committee's inquiries during the year-departmental officials and representatives of a wide range of private and public organisations. Their co-operation enabled the Committee to carry out its functions in a knowledgeable and expeditious manner.