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Thursday, 11 October 1956

Mr EDMONDS (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for the Interior. In view of the statement by the Minister for the Army that Army head-quarters should be moved from Melbourne to Canberra at the earliest possible moment, will he prepare a statement for the information of honorable members showing the dates upon which it is estimated that the central offices of all Commonwealth departments still in Melbourne will be transferred to Canberra? When will the Royal mints ita Melbourne and Perth be transferred to Canberra? When will the head-quarters of the Commonwealth Bank and the head-quarters of the Australian Broadcasting Commission be transferred from Sydney to Canberra? Finally, in view of the fact that the Government has grossly over-taxed the Australian community in each of its seven years of office, why has so little been done by this Government to complete the plans laid down by the Chifley Government to make Canberra the national capital in fact as well as in name?

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