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Wednesday, 7 July 1920


Mr GREGORY (DAMPIER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that a notification was published in the Commonwealth Gazette No. 27 of 11th March, 1920, exempting from the operation of the Commonwealth Public Works Committee Act 1913-1914 the proposed construction of certain buildings known as the Arsenal Research Department buildings at Maribyrnong, Victoria?

2.   Is it a fact that tenders have been invited for the erection of these buildings by notice published in the Commonwealth Gazette No. 51 of 10th June, 1920?

3.   Is the proposal under consideration to erect a further block of administrative buildings in connexion with the proposed Arsenal; and, if so, what is the estimated cost of this proposal?

4.   Is it a fact that the erection of these two blocks of buildings is likely to commit the Commonwealth to the location of the Commonwealth Arsenal at Maribyrnong, and involve the country in a very large expenditure, probably running into hundreds of thousands of pounds ?

5.   If so, is it the intention of the Government to refer this matter to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works before committing the Commonwealth to further expenditure in connexion with Arsenal matters?







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