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Thursday, 11 April 1946

Mr LAZZARINI (Werriwa) (Minister for Works and Housing) . - by leave - I move -

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Commonwealth Public Works Committee Act 1013-1980, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for investigation and report, namely : - The erection of the Batman automatic telephone exchange in Flinderslane, Melbourne.

It is proposed to erect a building on a site which has been acquired on the north side of 'Flinders-lane, Melbourne, between Queen-street and Market-street,- and for the establishment of an automatic telephone exchange which is to be known as Batman Telephone Exchange. The building will also accommodate administrative staff for the Postmaster-General's Department. The work is required for the reason that the automatic exchange which serves the City West area, Melbourne, is already nearly fully allocated, and the manual exchange which also serves that area, and which was placed in service in 1911, is worn out. The projected building will be a steel-frame structure with reinforced concrete floors. The building will contain a basement, mezzanine and seven other floors. The basement, ground and second floors are to be used for telephone equipment. The estimated cost is -


1.   lay on the table plans of the proposed work.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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