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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1695


Senator JESSOP (South Australia) - I recall that when this matter was discussed previously I was a member of the House of Representatives, and I voted for Capital Hill. I think that the numbers which voted in support of Capital Hill in that place and in the Senate seemed to indicate clearly that the vast majority was in favour of that site. I was very annoyed that the Gorton Government came out with the announcement that it intended to put parliament house on Camp Hill. That made me really cross. 1 have been disgusted with the procrastination on the whole business over the years. We are not arguing about the urgency of the matter; we all appreciate that we have to get on with the job. I have listened to the debate this afternon and I have been impressed by what Senator Cavanagh has said.

I am very attracted to the action of Senator Wright in putting down a Bill to the effect that we ought to prescribe the precincts of the grounds of Parliament House and tidy up this matter in a correct procedural manner. I am persuaded that the correct thing to do is to get a Bill into this chamber as a matter of urgency, and then we can agree with other suggestions that have been made. I agree that we must start the planning of the parliament house straight away and get on with the job. I come down on the side of Senator Wright's proposition, although I shall have to be persuaded to change my opinion that Capital Hill is the best site.







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