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Canberra 7 May 1988

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The Minister for Transport and Communications Support, Peter Morris, last night (Friday) became the first Minister to speak and to move a successful motion in the new Parliament House.

Mr Morris spoke in the Great Hall where he hosted a preview of the new building for 1200 special guests.

Mr Morris, who is also Minister Assisting the Prime Minister, was representing Mr Hawke at the function.

The guests were all people who have had some part in the decoration of the building, in getting it ready for its role or who have volunteered to help in many different ways on Opening Day next Monday.

They included arts and crafts people, representatives of embroiderers who made the hanging in the Great Hall, weavers, furniture makers,singers, dancers, Parliamentary officers, officers of the Parliament House Construction Authority and many others.

Mr Morris,who thanked the guests for their contribution to the making of the new Parliament and to helping to ensure the success of Opening Day,called to the dais Mrs Dorothy Hyslop, who co-ordinated the stitching by 500 embroiderers throughout Australia of the hanging in the Great Hall.

He moved a special vote of thanks to Mrs Hyslop and the embroiderers which, by implication, extended to all those present.

He then called in the customary way for a vote of those in favour and those against. The motion was carried unanimously on the voices.

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