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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4641

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Why does he consider it appropriate to seek lh.' advice of the Public Service Boatd on the transfer of departments from Melbourne to a point between Melbourne and Canberra, sunt a's Albury-Wodonga, instead of Canberra (Hansard, 29th September 1971, page 1620) but not. seek the Board's advice on the siting of additional accommodation for departments in the Sydney metropolitan area at a point to the centre of Sydney's population, such as Parramatta (Hunsard, 30th November 1971).

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

On 30th November the honourable member asked inter alia in a question without notice whether 1 would ask the Public Service Board to advise whether it would be economic and convenient to site the next major Commonwealth building in the metropolitan area of Sydney at, say, Parramatta. In reply to that part of the honourable member's question, I replied that it was not a function of the Public Service Board to make such a decision on its own. I did not say that I did not consider it appropriate to seek the Board's advice.

I have in fact referred that part of the honourable gentleman's question for advice from my colleague the Minister for' the Interior whore department would certainly examine the proposal in col: laboration wilh the Public Service Board and other authorities.

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