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Thursday, 19 November 1959

Mr GRIFFITHS (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. In view of the recent statement by the Minister for Immigration that it is proposed to close down the Greta migrant centre completely by 15th January next, will the Prime Minister inform me whether the Government intends to dispose of any of the buildings, and cut its losses as a result of the closing of the centre, or are the build ings to be allowed to fall into disrepair and decay through disuse and vandalism as has happened at other centres? Will the right honorable gentleman discuss with his colleagues the advisability of allowing some of the buildings to pass to charitable and benevolent institutions, or to honorary sporting bodies for use as club houses, as well as selling some of the buildings for occupation as week-end holiday huts if this is found to be practicable. In short, will the Prime Minister ascertain what is to be done with the buildings in this centre?

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