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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - When the late Minister of External Affairs was in London, he went into this matter with the officials of the London County Council, and also with the High Commissioner, and viewed one or two sites, whereupon certain negotiations were opened up. This vote is required to pay the cost of preparing plans and deeds, should those negotiations be successful. In another place, the Prime Minister gave an undertaking, which I now repeat, that before the Commonwealth is committed to any definite sum Parliament will be taken into the confidence of the Government and asked to approve of the site selected.

Progress reported.

Sitting suspended from 6.27 to 8 -p.m.

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