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Tuesday, 8 May 1973
Page: 1845

Mr Garland asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Has he carried out any examination, since coming to office, of the reports and debates concerning the site and the building of a new and permanent Parliament House.

(2)   Will he arrange for adequate time to be made available in the House for an early resolution by the Parliament in respect of the site.

(3)   Will he have steps taken, as a matter of urgency, to commence the planning of this longdelayed and much needed building in the national capital.

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

(1)   The Government was elected to office some S months ago with a commitment to put into effect a large number of reforms. We are pressing ahead as quickly as possible with these matters and already much has been achieved. Some questions have, however, had to be held over so that more pressing matters can receive attention. The question of a new and permanent Parliament House is one such question.

(2)   and (3) 1 thank the honourable member for bringing this matter to my attention. I shall seek to ensure that there is adequate opportunity for detailed examination of the issues involved when the matter comes before the House.

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