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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Mr FREETH (Forrest) (Minister for the Interior and Minister for Works) . - I move -

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1913-1953, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work, which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to this House, namely: - Construction of a Supreme Court Building at Darwin, Northern Territory.

The proposal provides for the construction at an estimated cost of £421,000 of a reinforced concrete framed building generally two stories in height and with a lower ground floor. The building will provide accommodation for the Supreme Court and two lesser courts, together with chambers for judge and magistrates and accommodation for their staffs, with a law library, reading room, &c. Separate accommodation is provided in an attached wing for the Crown Law office, the registrar's office and the public trustee. The committee has stated in its summary of recommendations that there is an urgent need for the building, the site is adequate, and the proposed design is recommended. Upon the concurrence of this House in this resolution the detailed planning necessary for carrying out this work can proceed.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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