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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 2661

Mr Fox asked the Minister for Urban and Regional Development, upon notice:

(1)   What unlimited parking areas are available to staff members of Parliament House.

(2)   Where exactly are these areas situated.

(3)   Is it a fact that the two parking areas on either side of Parliament House at the rear of the buildings were originally intended for the use of Parliament House staff.

(4)   If so, do public servants working in East Block and West Block use these areas.

(5)   Would he make a comparison between parking facilities provided for public servants in Government Departments throughout Canberra and parking facilities provided for public servants employed at Parliament House.

(6)   What guarantees can be given that public transport will be improved to an extent which would allow staff members, who finish work at midnight and later, to travel to their residences within a reasonable time after cessation of duty.

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

(1)   and (2) Areas for all-day parking are located in two areas north of Queen Victoria Terrace, either side of Camp Hill near East and West Blocks and in the vicinity of the Treasury and Administrative Buildings.

(3)   The two areas on either side of Parliament House north of Queen Victoria Terrace were constructed after a shortage of staff and tourist parking was identified. These car parks were completed in late March 1971 and have a combined capacity of 83 cars. <4) This is not known. However, as there are generally empty parking spaces located closer to these work places than the two areas in question, it seems unlikely.

(5)   The parking facilities provided for public servants throughout Canberra are generally similar, both as regards the number of spaces and the walking distance to the car parks from the offices.

(6)   Public transport is not scheduled to operate after midnight. Many parliamentary staff members utilise the Government passenger car service for the journey home after late sessions.

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