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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 392

Mr Barry Jones (LALOR, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 23 August 1979:

(1)   Is it a fact that the Australian Institute of International Affairs is accommodated in the Parliamentary Annex at the former Hotel Canberra; if so, on what basis is the Institute accommodated.

(2)   What area is allocated to it.

(3)   What rent is paid by the Institute.

(4)   Is there a lease; if so, for how long is it.

(5)   Are Parliamentary Committees staff and the Library Annex staff suffering from extreme limitation of space in the Hotel Canberra.

(6)   Who made the decision to grant space to the Institute.

(7)   Does the presence of a non-Government organisation in the midst of a complex of government offices pose security problems.

Mr John McLeay (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1   ) Yes; on the basis of temporary occupancy pending determination of the permanent use of the building.

(2)   The Institute has been allocated use of approximately 203 square metres in the former Orchid and Hunter Rooms and occasional use of other parts of the central area when not required by the Parliamentary Departments.

(3)   The Institute's occupancy is on the basis of a nominal rental of $100 per annum but is subject to the Institute paying its appropriate property management expenses including cleaning and electricity charges.

(4)   Yes; from month to month.

(5)   Parliamentary Committees staff and Library Annex staff have been reasonably accommodated in the wings and annex of the former Hotel complex. Substantial areas are available within the central area to meet temporary additional requirements from time to time. The Government has recently made available the whole of the Hotel Kurrajong for use by the Parliamentary Departments.

(6)   Successive Governments have encouraged the activities of the Institute over a period of many years. A request by the Institute for temporary use of part of the Hotel Canberra was received sympathetically by Ministers of the present Government who agreed to the grant of the current lease.

(7)   No; the activities of the Institute are confined to the central area where entry and exit is controlled by attendants. Arrangements for the security of the building have been made between the Parliamentary Departments and the Institute.

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