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Friday, 25 November 1910

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - I cannot agree with Senator Givens. If the Government, by erecting buildings in Melbourne, can effect a substantial saving, 1 think it is their bounden duty to erect them.

Senator St Ledger - The same argument will apply to all the States.

Senator RAE - Undoubtedly. I do not say that the principle should not be extended to the other States.

Senator St Ledger - That is our' trouble.

Senator RAE - It is not mine. Even after the Federal Capital has been established, it may be necessary to retain Commonwealth offices in big commercial centres like Sydney and Melbourne, perhaps, for all time. I also think that, before it will be possible for us to occupy the Federal Capital, the savings effected in reference to this building will probably be sufficient to cover its cost. If that be the case, undoubtedly, the same course should be pursued in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and the other capitals. I agree with Senator Givens that we should do all we can to establish Commonwealth public works within the Federal Territory; but some time must elapse before the parliamentary buildings and public offices are erected there, and in the meantime, it is probable that the saving effected by the construction of this building will be sufficient to pay the cost.

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