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Monday, 5 June 1939


Mr MENZIES - In the absence of my colleague, the Minister for Supply and Development, I can answer the honorable member's question only in general terms, but I understand that the Supply Department will be established in Melbourne for the reason that the Department of Defence is also in that city, and it would not he possible, having regard to the close interlocking arrangements between these two departments, to have one in one city and one. in another city. That would lead to great inefficiency of administration.


Mr Holloway - When will those departments be established in Canberra?


Mr MENZIES - That question is bound up with the problem of financing quite large buildings for administrative purposes in Canberra, and of providing dwellings for members of the staffs to be transferred. That problem, in conjunction with the general problem of office accommodation, is at present under the consideration of the Cabinet.







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