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Thursday, 14 May 1942

Mr Barnard d asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Are there any complete plans and drawings for the permanent Parliament House at Canberra ?

2.   If so, and in view of the acute shortage of accommodation in the present building, will he have them considered as part of a post-war plan for the development of Canberra?

3.   If not, will he consider the desirability of having them prepared for the above purpose at the earliest possible date?

Mr Lazzarini (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister Assisting the Treasurer) - The Minister for the Interior has supplied the following answers : -

1.   No.2 and 3. The permanent Parliament House was the subject of an architectural competition in 1914, but this was postponed owing to the outbreak of war and subsequently abandoned when Parliament decided that the present provisional building be erected. The architectural profession in Australia would regard it as a breach of faith if such an important building were now designed without a competition. On the other hand it would be impracticable to hold a satisfactory competition during the present state of emergency. In considering post-war plans for the development of Canberra this matter will be given full consideration.

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