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Wednesday, 13 May 1970

Mr NIXON (Gippsland) (Minister for the Interior) - by leave - I have to inform honourable members that the Government has made certain decisions regarding the siting of important buildings within the parliamentary triangle. Following consideration of proposals presented by the National Capital Development Commission, Cabinet has approved the siting of the High Court and the National Art Gallery in the north eastern sector of the parliamentary triangle - that is, in the area between the Administrative Building and the lakeside. In making this decision, . the Government is satisfied that these 2 buildings have a status befitting this location within the triangle and that they would appropriately flank the open areas between the Parliament House and the lakeside.

As a result of this decision, design studies will be put in hand for the National Art Gallery, which, as honourable members will be aware, has already been the subject of an architectural design competition. Preliminary planning will also proceed in respect of the High Court building. The timing of construction will be considered by the Government at a later stage. I present the following paper:

High Court and National Gallery SitesMinisterial Statement, 13th May 1970 and move:

That the House take note of the paper.

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