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Wednesday, 29 June 1938

Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) .- The House is indebted to the honorable member for Parkes (Sir Charles Marr), who for some time has endeavoured to get the Minister for the Interior (Mr. McEwen) to adhere to the Griffin plan for Canberra. The debate to-day has shown clearly that that plan has been departed from in two directions. In the first place, the work of providing kerbing and guttering around the area on which it is proposed to erect a high school was commenced long before the proposal was placed before Parliament. Secondly, the Minister himself has admitted that the plan has been departed from to some extent.

Mr McEwen - Action has been taken in accordance with section 4 of the Seat of Government Act, under which the plan of Canberra was originally approved.

Mr FRANCIS - I ask the Minister to carry out that section ofthe act and to take Parliament into his confidence in the future in these matters, as was done by the honorable member for Parkes when Minister in charge of this territory.

I consider it to be my duty, Mr. Speaker, to point out that the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James) who drew attention to the state of the House, has been absent from the chamber for most of the last one and a half hours, whereas I have been here all the afternoon. Moreover, only two members of the Opposition were in the chamber when the bells were set ringing.

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