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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator ABBOTT (New South Wales) . - Senator Hardy's reference to memorials to illustrious men and women reminded me that when in Auckland, New Zealand, recently, I saw one of the most beautiful memorials it has been my lot to see. The Auckland memorial is a museum situated on a hill overlooking the city. On entering the museum a paved courtyard is crossed, and here every visitor is required to remove his hat and observe silence. He then enters a circular hall inside the museum, where the atmosphere gives rise to feelings of the deepest reverence. The whole place is most inspiring. On tablets around the circular hall are inscribed the names of the national heroes from New Zealand who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. Both within and without the memorial is beautiful. This afternoon I looked towards the Australian War Memorial from the window of the Senate clubroom, and I must confess that in its present condition the memorial is not an *° ornament to the city. It does not harmonize with its beautiful surroundings. I am happy to notice that £30,000 is to be provided this year for the memorial, and that the estimated further liability in respect of it is £146,000. The environment calls for a 'building architecturally beautiful.

Senator Payne - The complete plans visualize a beautiful building.

Senator ABBOTT - I hope that something will be done to make the existing building harmonize more perfectly with its beautiful surroundings.

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