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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1832


Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice;

(1)   When and why was Casey House in Canberra built.

(2)   Who have been the various occupiers since it was built and (a) for what periods and (b) in what capacity did they occupy it.

(3)   When did it cease to be used for its original purpose.

(4)   What were the reasons for Casey House being used for purposes other than its original purpose.


Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

It is assumed that the question relates to the Commonwealth-owned building located in Rhodes Place, Yarralumla. This building has no formal name.

(1)   The building was erected in 1938 as a residence for a Minister.

(2)   The Treasurer, then the Honourable R. G. Casey, held a tenancy from 26th September 1938 to 31st December 1939; the High Commission for Canada then held a lease of the building from 9th January 1940 until 30th November 1963.

In this period it was the office of the High Commissioner. Since the High Commission for Canada vacated the premises it has been used for Commonwealth office purposes.

It currently houses the Ceremonial and Hospitality Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

(3)   See answer to (2) above.

(4)   The uses to which this building has been put were considered to be the best uses having regard to the circumstances at the particular time.







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