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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2688

Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr FULTON - As Chairman of the Committee I think, in all fairness, I should draw the attention of honourable members and the Ministers concerned to the position in which many members of the Committee were placed on this project. I draw attention to paragraphs 60, 61 and 62 of the report, which refer to ministerial approval being given for the Department of Works to do certain documentation on Stage 1 before the members had had a chance to look at the proposition. This made it awkward for them to have any alterations made, if they were necessary. However, they fell in with the client department in approving the work. The other problem was that on this occasion Stage 1 pre-empted Stage 2. Although we were asked to consider only Stage 1, the members thought that Stage 2 should have been considered at the same time as, according to the evidence before the Committee, acceptance of Stage 1 by the Committee would make it very difficult for the Committee to consider Stage 2 in any other way than with approval. I draw that to the attention of honourable members and the Ministers concerned.

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