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Thursday, 26 February 1959

Mr HASLUCK (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Territories) - The hospital at Port Moresby, in the Taurama-road district, is one of a series of base hospitals that we are building in the Territory. It was built in two stages, the first one being the native wing and the central services block, and the second one the European wing. The native wing was occupied during 1957, and the European wing was occupied in May, 1958, and finally handed over complete in August, 1958. I think the House will recall that our former colleague, the then Treasurer, Sir Arthur Fadden, performed a ceremonial opening in October, 1957, and we regard that as the opening of the whole hospital. The cost of the completed hospital was a shade under £1,000,000. From memory, I think it was about £960,000, the cost being almost equally apportioned between the native wing and the European wing. We have certain plans for the future, including the construction of a medical school, and we are hoping that the first stage of that school will be included in our works programme for next year.

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