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Thursday, 24 June 2004
Page: 31558


Mr SLIPPER (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (4:20 PM) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: New East Building for the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

The Australian War Memorial proposes the construction of an east building in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. This building will provide more than 3,000 square metres of floor space for staff, collections, photographic laboratories and a workshop to allow the existing post-1945 conflicts galleries and discovery room to be almost trebled in size.

The building will use the same materials as ANZAC Hall, precast concrete facades and a grey metal deck roof. This will heighten the blending of the building into the landscape. The estimated cost of the proposed works is $11.6 million. Subject to parliamentary approval, work is planned to commence in February next year and be completed by March 2006. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.