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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2081

Senator GARETH EVANS —On 2 April, Senator Crichton-Browne asked me a question about security in the Australian Embassy in Moscow. The answer is as follows: It is not a fact that the Soviet Government has refused to allow the Australian Embassy in Moscow to develop its premises to alleviate an acute accommodation shortage. The Government is interested in obtaining a new site in Moscow for the construction of a chancery, some staff accommodation and additional facilities. There have been some discussions with the relevant authorities in Moscow. Some sites have been identified and discussions are continuing. Redevelopment of the Australian Embassy in Moscow has not been possible because of the historical value of the building. This inability to redevelop the site, however, has not impaired security.