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Wednesday, 7 December 1927

Senator FOLL (Queensland) .- Now that Parliament has been transferred from Melbourne to Canberra, I fail to see any reason for keeping up an establishment for the Governor-General in Melbourne. The winter in Canberra may be unpleasant for many people who reside here, but Queensland has the finest winter climate in the world, aud I suggest that if another residence is required for His Excellency and his staff a Government House should be built in Brisbane or in some other part of Queensland. I understand that the State Government of Victoria has recently intimated that it is not prepared to take over Federal Government House there on account of the costly upkeep, aud that it is asking for a largely increased contribution from the Federal Government towards the maintenance "of the establishment. A reputable journal in Melbourne states that the State Premier is now asking £10,000 a year from the Commonwealth Government instead of the £2,000 a year which was asked for by his predecessor. Furthermore, I understand from this journal that the State Government is looking for another house for the State Governor. I do not say that it is no longer necessary for the Commonwealth Government to maintain a house in Melbourne for the Governor-General, as long as there is work for him to do in Victoria; but, as the ramifications of the Commonwealth extend over nil the States, I think the time has arrived when, if it is necessary to provide more than one establishment for the Governor-General, a house should be built for him in Queensland, which is undoubtedly one of the most important States, and has a wonderful winter climate.

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