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NEW PARLIAMENT HOUSE-JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE-REPORT ON PLANNING FOR SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CHAMBERS

The President tabled the following Report:

Report relating to the Planning for the Senate and House of Representatives Chambers in the new Parliament House, dated 13 November 1985.

Notice of Motion: Senator Crichton-Browne, by leave, gave a Notice of Motion, as follows: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) accepts the necessity for the interior finish of the Senate Chamber in the new Parliament House to maintain in suitable form the dignity and atmosphere of the present Chamber;

(b) considers that it is appropriate for the new Chamber to have a basically wood-panelled appearance, taking advantage of, and making use of the wide range of timbers to be found throughout Australia; and

(c) rejects the proposal, recently revealed to Senators, for the walls of the new Chamber to be lined with fabric of varying colours, not consistent with the traditional red colour common to Westminster-style Upper Houses.

Senator Robertson, by leave, moved-That the Senate take note of the Report.

Ordered-That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that Senator Robertson have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.