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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I understand it has been decided that a new Customs' House is necessary at Fremantle, either upon the old site or upon a new one. The reason why a new site has been selected is that the harbor works have thrown the shipping into another portion of the city, and the existing building is therefore in a rather inconvenient position.. The same remark is applicable to the post-office. Its business has outgrown the accommodation provided, and instead of enlarging the present building it is proposed to erect a new one in a more central portion of the-town. Seeing that the Commonwealth can only use the, two existing buildings for the Customs or post-office purposes- to which they have previously been put, surely the State Government - which might put them to many uses - should be willing to take them over. I think it is desirable that that should be the understanding upon which the vote is authorized. Seeing that Western Australia is to obtain new offices - owing to the unsuitability of the existing buildings - I think that it ought to be prepared to take over the old structures, so as to avoid their cost being debited to the Commonwealth.

Proposed vote agreed to.

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