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Wednesday, 1 June 1960

Mr FREETH (Forrest) (Minister for the Interior and Minister for Works) . - I move -

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1913-1960, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work, which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to this House, namely: - Construction of new Customs House, Melbourne.

This proposal provides for the erection, at an estimated cost of £1,609,000, of a multistory steel-framed building comprising basement, ground, first and fifteen upper floors, and mechanical equipment floor. The building will accommodate the present staffs of the Department of Customs and Excise and make provision for future expansion of that department.

The committee has stated in its recommendations that -

A suitable building, which will make economic use of the site, has been proposed and detailed planning should proceed along lines suggested by the committee.

When the House agrees to the motion I have submitted, the necessary planning will be proceeded with.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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