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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister of Home Affairs) . - At the present time the Commonwealth has no wharfage accommodation of its own in Sydney. We have acquired from the New South Wales Government a piece of land upon Darling Island, and propose to erect upon it buildings for storage purposes. At present we are paying a large sum of money by way of rent for leasehold premises in connexion with the Post Office, and we have stores scattered about in other places. It is now proposed to erect upon our own wharfs buildings for the accommodation of our stores. The site is connected with the New South Wales railways, is in a convenient position, and has a splendid water frontage.

Mr Storrer - Shall we effect any saving of rent?

Mr GROOM - Yes.

Mr King O'Malley - Will the stores be utilized in connexion with the Defence Department ?

Mr GROOM - Certainly.

Proposed vote agreed to.

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