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TRANSFER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS

Statement by the Minister for the Interior, Hon. J.D. Anthony, M.P.

The Government had fixed a program for the transfer to Canberra

of the central offices of more Commonwealth departments and

authorities up to 1970/71, the Minister for the Interior, Mr.

Anthony, said today.

This would complete phase two of the transfer program begun in

1964/65. The first phase was related to the transfer of the

Service departments from Melbourne.

The central offices to be transferred were those of the Departments of Supply, Education and Science, Repatriation and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Mr. Anthony said the program provided for the move of about

350 officers of the Department of Supply from Melbourne in

1967/68 and another 170 officers in 1968/69.

A small element of the Department of Education and Science would be transferred from Sydney in 1967/68 and about 125 officers in 1968/69.

About 250 officers of the Repatriation epartment would be

transferred from Melbourne in 1969/70 and approximately 150

officers from the C.S.I.R.O. from Melbourne in 1970/71.

The Department of Supply would occupy the Anzac Park West

building; the Department of Education and Science and the Department of Repatriation would occupy Commonwealth buildings to

be constructed at the Woden District Centre.

Arrangements for office accommodation for the C.S.I.R.O. had

not been finalised, Mr. Anthony added.

CANBERRA 6/6/67