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

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Robertson-That the Senate take note of the Report.

Senator Crichton-Browne moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ""That'', insert ""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''.

Debate ensued.

On the motion of Senator Puplick the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for Friday, 6 December 1985.

Pursuant to Sessional Order, consideration of Committee Reports was interrupted.