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Board itself had moved out to another building, and the other occupants were going. The development would soon be underway, although just what was proposed had not yet been revealed.

I wrote to the Premier about the pub:

"This building appears to be under imminent threat of demolition... although no plans have been made public.

"The Royal Australian Institute of Architects has advised me that the towner of the new hotel could be built on the Pitt Street side of the site, with the buildings facing Macquarie Place left intact. Many people who frequent the Place have expressed their concern for this valuable part of our heritage.

"Justice will not be seen to be done if the Customs House hotel is closed before consideration of the development plans. I would therfore respectifully suggest that you ensure that this hotel remains open until after the development application is approved."

In response, I received a phone call from a senior bureaucrat in the Premier's Department. He assured me that steps were being taken to keep the hotel open until after the development application had been displayed and approved. He also said that consideration

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