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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1695


Mr Calwell asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   How many times has the Joint Committee on the New and Permanent Parliament House met since it was first formed on 3rd December 1965, and when did it meet last.

(2)   On what dates has the Committee reported.

(3)   When is it expected that the Committee will meet again.

(4)   When is the House of Representatives to be given an opportunity to make the final decision on the site on which the new Parliament House is to be built.


Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) 1 am advised that since it was formed in December 1965, the Joint Select Committee on the New and Permanent Parliament House has met 17 times. Twelve meetings related to the building itself and 5 related to the site. The last meeting was held on 2nd March 1970. The Committee has presented three reports, namely, Special report on the site (14th August 1968), Report on alternative sites of Capital Hill and the Camp Hill Area (30th April 1969) and on the new building (8th April 1970).

(4)   On 13th May 1969 the Report of the Joint Select Committee relating to the alternative sites of Capital Hill and the Camp Hill area for the new and permanent Parliament House was brought up for consideration. That Report recommended that the new and permanent Parliament House should be situated on Camp Hill. The House of Representatives voted on 14th May 1969 to adopt that Report.

There is at the moment on the Notice Paper, one Government Business Order of the Day, and one General Business Notice both of which relate to the site of the new Parliament House,







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