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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 1949

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to you, Mr President, and it is not designed either to try you or to prove you. It relates to your remarks in King's Hall at the opening of the photographic exhibition of the Canadian Parliament House. I would take the liberty of observing that this exhibition had a very successful prsCanberra trial at Parliament House in Adelaide. As you are Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on the New and Permanent Parliament House, can you advise the Senate of the latest position regarding the progress of the Committee's report and of the activities related thereto especially as they relate to the site of the new parliament house and any other information concerning this matter which you are in a position to give to the Senate now?

The PRESIDENT - My attention has been drawn by way of interjection to the fact that this matter is already on the notice paper under the heading 'New and Permanent Parliament House - Joint Select Committee - Report'. I would like to say to honourable senators and I do so with total propriety, that in addressing myself to the Canadian High Commissioner in the most jocular way I could and to the citizens gathered in King's Hall in the most respectful way I could I made the observation that the cornerstone for the erection of the Parliament House on the Ottawa River in Canada was laid in 1860 while our Parliament House was built as a temporary one in 1927. 1 said that I thought it was appropriate and proper that the Executive Government of Australia should turn its attention to building a parliament house of which Australian citizens could be equally as proud as members of Parliament.

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