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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 27

Mr MALCOLM FRASER (WannonPrime Minister) - by leave - I move:

(1)   That, in accordance with the provisions of Section 8 of the Parliament House Construction Authority Act 1979, the House of Representatives -

(a)   declares the preparation of a detailed design of Parliament House (including specifications and tender documents) to be a declared stage in the design of Parliament House for the purposes of that Section; and

(b)   declares the preparation and excavation of the site of Parliament House to be a declared stage in the construction of Parliament House for the purposes of that Section.

(2)   That a message be sent to the Senate acquainting it of the resolution agreed to by the House of Representatives.

As the House now knows, the Government has received the report of the Parliament House Construction Authority on the winning design for the new Parliament House. It must be pleasing to all members of the House to hear the almost universal acclaim that that design has received throughout the Australian community. It is an imaginative design. It fits into the general landscaping of Capital Hill and the Parliamentary Triangle. When completed, it will serve the needs of Australia for as long as Australia survives. The Joint Standing Committee on the New and Permanent Parliament House is expected to report shortly to the Parliament on the Construction Authority report. At the appropriate time, when the Joint Standing Committee's report has been received and examined, the Government will move substantive motions, as foreshadowed by this motion. Honourable members obviously will have an opportunity to debate the matter at that time. In the meantime, they are encouraged to study the report of the Construction Authority, and the report of the Joint Standing Committee when it is available, and to make use of the display that has been mounted and is available, which I am sure most honourable members will have examined. It think it is appropriate to note that the matters are going forward in a way which must give encouragement to all members of the House, and I thank those who are directly responsible for that.

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