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Thursday, 11 October 1956

Mr Cairns s asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Has the Australian Broadcasting Commission applied for a site in Canberra for the erection of a building to house the commission, its principal officers and its head-quarters staff; if so, when?

2.   Has the commission submitted plans for such building for approval; if so, when?

3.   Have any discussions been held between any of his officers and any member or officers of the commission concerning the transfer of the commission in the terms of the Broadcasting and Television Act 1942-1956; if so, when?

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

1.   Yes. An initial approach was made in October, 1942,- but although a site was tentatively allocated, formal action was deferred until after the end of the war. Block 3, section 2, Barton, was offered and accepted by the Australian Broadcasting Commission in 1951.

2.   Yes, in December, 1947. The most recent sketch plans submitted in 1953 were endorsed by the National Capital Planning and Development Committee and by the department.

3.   On numerous occasions from 1942 to 1953 there have been discussions between officers of my department and representatives of the Australian Broadcasting Commission concerning the site and the building proposals.

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