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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2083

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) - It is necessary now only to look to the Bill which has at the top: 'Bill as proposed to be amended by Senator the Honourable R. C. Wright'. As I interpreted the second reading debate, there is to be no discussion on 'parliamentary grounds' or parliamentary zone'. The next clause to which the Committee should give its attention, I suggest, is clause 7 of the 'Bill as proposed to be amended'; that is to say, that the new house should be constructed on the site marked 'site of Parliament House' on the plan set out in the Schedule. That has been decided by our resolution of last week. Then, clause 8 of the 'Bill as proposed to be amended' reads:

Except in accordance with a resolution of both Houses of the Parliament, no building or other work shall be erected within the Parliamentary grounds or within the Parliamentary zone.

I have taken the trouble to go through the Bill again just briefly. Subject to any discussion that individual senators may wish to have, I think, Mr Chairman, that if you put to the Committee the Bill, other than clauses 5 and 6 to which Senator Murphy wishes to address attention, we would be making progress.

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