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Tuesday, 6 December 1938

Mr Drakeford (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) d asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1   . What was the original cost of erecting Yarralumla House?

2.   What amount has been spent by the Commonwealth in fitting it up as a residence for the Governor-General?

3.   What is the estimated cost of improvements, extensions. &c., proposed to be effected to prepare it for occupancy by the Duke of Kent?

4.   Is Yarralumla the proper site for Government House according to the Griffin plan of Canberra?

5.   Will the Government refer to the Public Works Committee the question of the erection of a permanent Government House on the site shown in the accepted plan of Canberra?

Mr Lyons - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The Governor-General's residence in the Australian Capital Territory was the homestead of the YarralumlaEstate. When the compensation money was determined, no dissection was specially made for the homestead, outbuildings and grounds. At the time of the acquisition (in 1912) the value of the main residence, attendant buildings and grounds, was in the vicinity of £4,000.

2.   Government House buildings, £53,988 3s. 9d; furniture and equipment, £15,896 3s.1d.: grounds, £6,291 9s.6d.

3.   Information not available. The matter is still under consideration.

4.   No.

5.   As no scheme has been developed for the erection of a Government House on the site indicated on the approved plan it would not be practicable, at this stage, to refer the matter to the Public Works Committee.

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