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Federal funding for restoration of St Patrick's Cathederal.



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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

 

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, THE HON KIM C BEAZLEY MP

 

 

FEDERAL FUNDING FOR RESTORATION OF ST PATRICK’S CATHEDERAL

 

A Labor Government will provide $3 million as the Commonwealth’s contribution to the restoratio n of St Patrick’s Cathedral.

 

The destruction of St Patrick’s by fire on Monday, 19 February 1996, was a terrible loss to the people of Parramatta.

 

From the shell that remained came the opportunity to rebuild a worthy cathedral on an historic site.

 

I am delighted to announce that a Labor Government will contribute to the rebuilding of St Patrick’s, so that again it will be the spiritual home of Parramatta’s Catholic diocese, with nearly 200 years of Catholic tradition.

 

A commitment to the strengthening of local communities is an important element of Labor’s vision for a compassionate and cohesive Australian society.

 

I look forward to returning to see the restored and refurbished cathedral once again serving the people of Parramatta.

 

The decision is a credit to Paul Elliot, the ALP candidate for the seat of Parramatta, who has lobbied strongly for this contribution to the Parramatta community.

 

Parramatta

14 September 1998

 

 

 

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