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Friday, 6 December 1985
Page: 3223

Senator PUPLICK(3.46) —The original question before the Senate was that the Senate take note of the report relating to the planning for the Senate and House of Representatives chambers to which my colleague Senator Crichton-Browne has moved:

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(a) accepts the necessity for the interior finish of the Senate Chamber in the New Parliament House to maintain in suitable form the dignity and atmosphere of the present Chamber;

(b) considers that it is appropriate for the new Chamber to have a basically wood-pannelled appearance, taking advantage of, and making use of the wide range of timbers to be found throughout Australia; and

(c) rejects the proposal, recently revealed to Senators, for the walls of the new Chamber to be lined with fabric of varying colours, not consistent with the traditional red colour common to Westminster-style Upper Houses.'

I thank the Manager of Government Business (Senator Grimes) and the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) for allowing this matter to be brought on. I thank honourable senators for treating this matter as a matter of individual rather than party vote. I hope that as a result the Senate will be able to proceed to give consideration to this matter forthwith.