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Thursday, 24 March 1927

Senator REID (QUEENSLAND) .- I cannot support the amendment. I was a member of a committee, representative of all parties and including the President and the Speaker, appointed for the purpose of conferring with representatives of the Victorian Parliament as to the form of the proposed memorial. Sir Bertram Mackennal was consulted about the project. The Victorian representatives submitted a number of proposals of a monumental character, any of which it was thought would be a fitting memorial. The one most favoured was not, as has been stated, a kitchen. It will, I believe, be a suitable memorial of our occupancy of this building for so many years, and if the Anzac Square proposal for Melbourne is adopted, will also be in harmony with the general scheme, and add to its beauty. The carrying of Senator Givens's amendment will not in any way interfere with the expenditure of the money. I hope that he will not press it to a division.

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