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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1983

Senator POYSER (Victoria) -I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

Mr President,this Bill expresses a principle which has been passed by the Senate in resolutions on 6 separate occasions- namely, 22 August 1968, 26 November 1968, 22 May 1969, 29 May 1969, 6 May 1971 and 15 November 1973. In addition, Senator Wright introduced a Bill along very similar lines on 8 November 1973 and it passed through all stages in the Senate on 29 November 1973, unanimously. This Bill which has been sent to us from the House of Representatives is only a short Bill with 2 main provisions, clauses 3 and 4, which make provision for the new and permanent parliament house and buildings and associated works to be constructed on Capital Hill and provide that a site be set aside, consisting of Capital Hill and Camp Hill, where no buildings other than those determined by the Parliament may be constructed.

The arguments in favour of the Capital Hill site for the permanent parliament house have been canvassed so well on the previous occasions that I have mentioned earlier that I do not propose to take up the time of the Senate by repeating them. Honourable senators will readily realise that this Bill puts into legislative form the already expressed wish of the Senate, and a speedy passage for the Bill will allow an early start to be made on the planning, and eventual construction of, the new and permanent parliament house. It gives me great pleasure, as a long time supporter of Capital Hill as the site for the new parliament house, to have the honour of bringing this Bill before the Senate. I commend the Bill to the Senate and hope that the Senate will see fit to give it a speedy passage.

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