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Wednesday, 28 October 1970

Mr CHIPP (Hotham) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, 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 Parliament: Construction of Commonwealth Offices, Stage 1, Hobart.

The proposal involves construction of a J5-storey office building on a site bounded by Collins and Harrington Streets to provide some 152,000 square feet of office space as the first stage of an office complex ultimately to accommodate some 4,500 officers of the various Commonwealth departments located in Hobart. The estimated cost is $4.6m.

In reporting favourably on the proposal the Committee concluded that expenditure on a work of art should be limited to $3,000. The form of this provision has not yet been decided. The Committee also concluded that, if economically possible, carpet should be used as a floor covering in office areas. The present arrangement is that in accordance with normal practice, vinyl tiles will be used but in view of current considerations of whether carpet should be used in all major Commonwealth office buildings, the final choice of floor covering for this proposal will be deferred for as long as possible.

The matter of providing car parking facilities at Commonwealth buildings is being examined separately with the view to determining guidelines for the future. Upon the concurrence of the House in this resolution, detailed planning can proceed in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee.

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