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Tuesday, 9 October 1956

Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for the Interior, although perhaps one aspect of it might touch matters which are properly the concern of the right honorable the Prime Minister. I ask the Minister whether he could prepare, and make available, a list showing the head-quarters of all Commonwealth departments. Could he indicate what changes have occurred as a result of the partial occupation of the new administrative block in Canberra, and what further changes are proposed as a result of its completion? Are any other changes in prospect? While it is obvious that great administrative economies could be effected by the speediest possible location of the head-quarters of all Commonwealth departments in Canberra, could not this be usefully correlated with the further decentralization of branch functions in the various States and perhaps, in certain cases, even with decentralization within particular States? Could a statement be prepared showing the principles adopted by the Government in the location of the headquarters of Commonwealth departments, and the decentralization of their functions?

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