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Thursday, 17 October 1985
Page: 1410


Senator FOREMAN —In accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act, I present a report relating to construction of a Commonwealth law courts building, Parramatta. I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.


Senator FOREMAN —This report recommends the construction of a purpose designed Commonwealth law courts building at Parramatta to house the Federal Court of Australia, the Family Court of Australia, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Commonwealth Reporting Service. The major occupant of the new building will be the Family Court which is at present housed in leased premises at Parramatta. The Committee inspected these premises, which quite frankly are severely deficient in security, courtroom sizes, speech privacy and waiting areas for the public. The report states that the often unenviable tasks carried out by judges and senior court officials in attending to court processes in the existing facilities involving contact with members of the public are not assisted by the location, design and standard of functional areas, the level of amenity offered and by the atmosphere these deficiencies project. The Committee believes the new Commonwealth law courts building will be a facility which will foster the dignity of the law as well as catering in a more humane and understanding manner for the needs of the people living in the western suburbs of Sydney for the foreseeable future.

Ordered that the report be printed.