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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- This building is to be erected in the electorate of Melbourne, and whilst I approve the present proposal, and whilst I am pleased that the old Customs House building is to be preserved, I again urge on the Minister for Works (Mr. Freeth), as I have done several times privately, the need to push ahead with the erection of the second blockand, for that matter, the third block - of new Commonwealth offices in Spring-street, on the area of land which was acquired fourteen or fifteen years ago. There is a need for a new Customs House in Melbourne, but I believe that there is also a need, as there is in all other capital cities, for other government buildings. It would be a good thing from the point of view of the Treasury, and it would be in the public interest, if the two new blocks of offices that I have mentioned were proceeded with at the earliest possible moment. I trust that next financial year we will see the provision of at least one of these new blocks.

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