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Thursday, 17 November 1983
Page: 2890

Mr HURFORD (Minister for Housing and Construction)(4.18) —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 the Telecom State head office building, Adelaide, South Australia.

Mr Howard —Your home town.

Mr HURFORD —As the Deputy Leader of the Opposition has said, this building is in my home town and is, therefore, of some interest to me.

Mr Howard —A very nice town.

Mr HURFORD —I agree with the honourable member that it is a very nice town. Any construction in this country is of great interest to me. The proposed work will enable Telecom Australia to bring together the South Australian Head Office staff who are presently located in seven separate buildings within the city. It is a major office building proposed for a prominent site in Pirie Street in an area designed by the City of Adelaide as suitable for a major office development of the type proposed by Telecom. The Committee has concluded that there is a need for the work and has recommended its construction at the estimated cost of $28.5m at May 1983 prices. If the House agrees to support this motion, the project can proceed in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee. I commend the motion to the House.

Question resolved in the affirmative.