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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr PRATTEN (Martin) .- I must express my satisfaction at the concluding remarks of the Minister for Works and Railways regarding future competitive designs for the Federal Capital city. The architectural profession have had reason for very serious com- plaint in connexion with Canberra work for some years past. Even before the war competitive designs were invited for work at Canberra, but nothing further was done in the matter by the Government. The terms of the competition should be clearly set out. A feeling prevails amongst members of the architectural profession that the officials of the Works and Buildings Department think that they can do everything that is necessary for the erection of public buildings better than anybody else. I hail with great satisfaction the Minister's remarks, and I trust that he will consult freely with the architectural professional in regard to work at Canberra.

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