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Thursday, 1 December 1938

Sir CHARLES MARR - In view of the fact that the committee appointed to consider matters affecting the Griffin plan for Canberra is likely to meet in the near future, I ask the Minister for Works whether the proposal to erect a temporary wooden building in Canberra to house the Civil Aviation staff will be delayed at least until the committee meets and can consider it in relation to its effect upon the Canberra plan ? I also ask the honorable gentleman whether, in view of the fact that the Government has in its possession an extraordinarily valuable collection of geological and palaeontological data concerning the Pacific Islands and Australia, for which the Rockefeller Institute was prepared to pay £20,000, the Government will consider erecting a permanent building in which the collection may be displayed, so that it may be no longer housed under such unsatisfactory conditions in the wooden building in which it at present lies?

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