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Thursday, 24 March 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - It is appropriate that the last bill with which the Senate will deal during its sittings in Melbourne should be one to appropriate' a sum of money for the purpose of commemorating the occupation of these magnificent buildings by the Parliament of the Commonwealth. I do not cavil at the amount which it is proposed shall be appropriated for the purpose, for, had this Parliament been required to pay rent for this building for the 26 years that it has met here, a much- greater sum than £50,000 would have been expended, by way of rental. It is only right that a memorial should be erected. I presume that the form which it will take will be determined by the Victorian Government; but this will be an expression of our appreciation of the privilege of occupying this building for so many years. I support the bill.

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