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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Mr BOWDEN (NEPEAN, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Home and Territories, upon notice -

1.   Whether any consent or approval has been given for the erection of any monument on the Federal Capital site by any person or body of persons?

2.   If so, to whom or for what purpose?

3.   Have any regulations been framed for the granting of such consent or approval, or is approval granted by the authority of the Minister alone?

4.   Will the Minister take steps to provide that the House shall be consulted before any such consent or approval is given?

Mr POYNTON - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   As stated in my answers to the questions of the honorable member for Parkes (Mr Marr), a promise was given that a site should be allotted for a statue to the late Cardinal Moran.

2.   The promise was made to Senator Needham on behalf of the H.A.C.B. Society.

3.   No regulations have been framed in connexion with the matter. So far, there has only been one application, and that was approved by the Minister.

4.   It' might be difficult to arrange for reference to be made to the House in each particular case, but at a later date an opportunity will be given for discussion of the principles which shouldregulate the grant or refusal of all such applications.

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