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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2326

Senator BYRNE (Queensland) -I can see the prudence of the course of action taken by Senator Wright, who has exhibited his keen interest in the most formal way. By the passage of this Bill the site for the new Parliament House would be established, and established as quickly as possible. Just what should be the meets and bounds of the parliamentary area is a matter that might well provoke some disputation. It could well be that it we went into the technicalities as to what could be involved in the area and whether it would be prudent to have extended areas, the whole immediate purpose of the Bill might be lost and there could be further delay.

This Parliament has seen sufficient delay over a number of years in getting to this position. Honourable senators are indebted to Senator Wright for finally formalising the matter by the presentation of the Bill, lt is in consonance with his attitude and the disposition of the Senate that the site for Parliament House should be determined and the meets and bounds of it, if it is decided later on that they should be more or less extensive, can be raised and suitably provided for in future in the proper way. Therefore I think Senator Wright's withdrawal of his amendments has a great deal to commend it and we support his action.

Clauses negatived.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report adopted.

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