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Thursday, 1 December 2022
Page: 17

Dr LEIGH (FennerAssistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury) (10:38): I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: Australian Broadcasting Corporation—Proposed fit-out of Parramatta and Ultimo Offices.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is proposing works to fit-out its newly leased office at 6 to 8 Parramatta Square in Parramatta and to refurbish its existing office at Ultimo, NSW.

On completion of the Parramatta works, the ABC will relocate a portion of its news and content production functions from Ultimo to Parramatta, along with approximately 300 staff. The refurbishment of the existing Ultimo office will involve the replacement of the current fit-out that has reached end-of-life. The estimated cost of the works is $43.6 million excluding GST. Subject to parliamentary approval, fit-out works are expected to commence from early 2023 and be completed by mid-2025.

Following its inquiry, the committee has recommended that the House of Representatives resolve, pursuant to section 18(7) of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, that it is expedient to carry out this project.

On behalf of the government, I would like to thank the committee for undertaking a timely inquiry. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.