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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21791

Mrs DE-ANNE KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade) (6:29 PM) —I move:

That, in accordance with section 5 of the Parliament Act 1974, the House approves the following proposal for work in the Parliamentary Zone which was presented to the House on 15 October 2003, namely: Forecourt scoria restoration, Parliament House.

This motion proposes the restoration to the forecourt area at the front of Parliament House. This project has arisen due to the movement and failures of finishes in the Parliament House forecourt. It has been an ongoing problem since construction and is now at a stage where the unsightly displacements, with cracking and undulating finish, are becoming hazardous to foot traffic and a disruption to the visual aspect which is required for official occasions.

Under section 5 of the Parliament Act 1974, the Presiding Officers are responsible for works within the parliamentary precincts and the Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government is responsible for other works in the parliamentary zone. Accordingly, this motion is moved on behalf of the Speaker and the President. The works are expected to cost in the vicinity of $1,250,000 and will be funded from the Joint House Department administered funds appropriation. The National Capital Authority has given works approval and, given the nature of the works, the Presiding Officers did not think it necessary to refer the matter to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories for inquiry and report. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.