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Tuesday, 7 May 1957

Mr BRYANT (WILLS, VICTORIA) - I address a question to the Minister for Supply. Has the honorable gentleman received a guarantee from the Melbourne City Council that the area at present occupied by the Department of Supply on Debney's Paddock in the city of Melbourne will be used as park land and not handed over to private interests in the event of the Commonwealth Government moving out of it? If the Minister has received such a guarantee, will he direct the officers of his department to seek alternative accommodation for the ordnance stores situated on this land, and thereby permit the return of at least twelve acres of park land to the citizens of a crowded Melbourne suburb? If the Melbourne City Council will not give the required guarantee, will the Minister refuse to have the Department of Supply stores moved from the area until the election of a new Victorian government, or a new Melbourne city council, that is concerned with principles and with decent ethical standards? in considering the foregoing questions, will the Minister bear in mind that the present Melbourne City Council is under suspicion and is being much criticized, with considerable justification, by the people of Melbourne and Victoria for its attitude?

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