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Thursday, 3 November 1921

J.   T. H. Goodwin, Esq., Commonwealth Surveyor-General ; be appointed members of a Committee to inquire into and advise upon the following matters in relation to the construction of the said city : -

(1)   The existing data, plans, and works;

(2)   The works, buildings, andcity services that can be further proceeded with or commenced forthwith ;

(3)   A general scheme upon which to develop the buildings of the Capital city progressively, having regard to both official and civil occupation;

(4)   Proposals for the design and construction of the necessary works, buildings, and services;

(5)   The order in which essential surveys and the construction of such works, buildings, and services shall be undertaken ;

(6)   Such matters as, in the opinion of the Committee, are expedient in regard to provision and manufacture of materials necessary for the purposes of construction ; and to inquire and report upon any special matter in relation to the lay-out and construction of the Federal Capital city, as and when directed bythe Minister for Works and Railways.

Senator Thomasis asking that Parliament shall sit at Canberra next session. It is impossible to do that. The Committee says that it will be impossible to make the arrangements in less than three years, except at very heavy cost, particularly in view of the labour shortage and the high price of materials. 'The Committee's report also states -

It is proposed that the Departments taking up duty, either before or at the time Parliament sits, should be as follows: - The Parliament.

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