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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2251

Senator McLaren asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 27 February 1980:

(   1 ) How many premises does the Department of Administrative Services lease at Murray Bridge, South Australia.

(2)   For what purpose is each leased and what is the expiry date of each lease.

(3)   What provision has the Department made to accommodate the occupiers of each of the leased premises at Murray Bridge in the event of any of the current leases not being renewed.

(4)   Is it the intention of the Department to construct a Commonwealth Office Block at Murray Bridge; if so:

(a)   when will the building be constructed;

(b)   where will the building be situated; and

(c)   is the proposed site owned by the Commonwealth.

Senator Scott - The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Four.

(2)   Office accommodation for yourself, the Department of Social Security, the Australian Electoral Office and the Department of Employment and Youth Affairs. The first two leases expire on 30 June 1980, the third on 31 October 1981 and the last is held on a monthly tenancy.

(3)   The Department is not aware of any refusal or potential refusal by existing lessors to continue existing leases.

(4)   Yes:

(a)   the timing of the construction is dependent upon the availability of a site and funds for construction;

(   b ) no final decision on location has yet been made; and

(c)   No.

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