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Tuesday, 29 November 1960

Mr NELSON (NORTHERN TERRITORY, NORTHERN TERRITORY) - Will the Minister for Territories inform the House whether it is a fact that, despite a unanimous recom- mendation by the Public Works Committee, the Government is deleting from its construction plans for the Darwin High School the provision of an assembly hall and the provision of air conditioning, for which it is substituting mechanical cooling? As a modern high school is an urgent necessity at Darwin, will the Minister take steps to restore the provision of the assembly hall and also of air conditioning, an amenity which is a standard provision in schools in Canberra where climatic conditions are in no way comparable wilh conditions in tropical areas? Finally, will the Minister state when construction of the school is likely to start?

Mr. HASLUCK__The position was this:

By the time plans for the school were ready for the design lists, the estimates of costs had risen to a point which the Government could not contemplate within the bounds of its present Budget. The Cabinet considered the matter and deferred the construction of the assembly hall, and instead of agreeing to air conditioning it substituted mechanical cooling of the school. Without those amendments of the original proposal, the construction of the school would have been delayed, even longer than, it has been delayed up to date.

UNITED NATIONS. Sir WILFRID KENT HUGHES.- I direct a question to the Minister for External Affairs. Why does Australia not submit a motion to the United Nations General Assembly relating to Soviet imperialism and the Soviet Union's harsh colonial policy towards the captive nations of the Soviet Empire? Why do we allow the dictator of the Soviet Empire always to take the initiative and cover up hrs own actions by condemning other nations for not at once granting independence to all peoples when he has so far shown, no intention of granting freedom and independence to any one?

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