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Tuesday, 16 September 1958

Mr.J.R.FRASER.-I ask the Minister acting for the Ministerfor External Affairs: DoestheDepartmentofExternalAffairs approvewithoutreservationthedecision that the new head-quarters of the department are to be established in Canberra in the Russell Hill area in juxtaposition to the officesof the Department of Defence and of the otherServices, and remote from other government departments inthis city? Has consideration been given to the possibility that the siting of the department in close proximity to the defence and Services departments could give rise, erroneously perhaps, to the impression that the external policy of thisGovernment was concerned primarily withmatters military and matters of defence?

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