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Wednesday, 9 June 1915

Mr FINLAYSON asked the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Whether the Government have approved of the scheme, which the Minister stated in the House on 27th May had been submitted, the effect of which would be to confine the competition for the Parliamentary Buildings at Canberra to architects within the British Empire?

2.   In view of the fact that in the competition for the lay-out of the city the placed designs were submitted from America, France, and Sweden, does the Minister consider that there is anything to be gained by depriving these and other countries from competing for the buildings?

3.   Will the Minister favorably consider any suggestions that may be received in the direction of making the competition as world-wide as possible?

Mr ARCHIBALD - The answers to the honorable member's questions are -

1.   The proposed amended scheme of competition is based on that already issued, and is now receiving ' consideration by the Federated Council of Architects, and the Federal Capital Director of Design and Construction preparatory to its final adoption.

2.   It is considered that since the war, conditions have so altered that the most practicable and advisable course will be to restrict the competition to British countries. In the previous competition for the lay-out of the city the conditions were not acceptable to British designers, and practically no designs from them were forthcoming.

3.   There are no objections to receiving further suggestions, but the matter has been fully considered by the Government, and the opinion is that the course proposed to be adopted will, in all the circumstances, be satisfactory.

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