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Monday, 4 June 1984
Page: 2434


Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(4.46) —The points that the honourable senator has made have been taken on board. It is a familiar problem in the Northern Territory and it has plagued successive governments. One of the difficulties, as Senator Kilgariff undoubtedly will be aware, is the precise assessment of longer term needs, given the move to Tindal and also the return of people from Butterworth. It is not just a matter of pouring money into the maintenance and upgrading of houses about whose long term use there is no argument. It is a question of working out the best allocation of scarce resources to housing needs generally. Undoubtedly, there is room for improvement -I think that has been acknowledged by all governments. It is a question of finding money in the overall budget constraints in order to make that possible. I will draw Senator Kilgariff's remarks to the attention of the Minister. His officers are here and will do the same. I acknowledge that this is an acutely experienced problem that demands appropriate attention.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Department of Defence Support

Proposed expenditure, $17,358,000.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Department of the Special Minister of State

Proposed expenditure, $12,905,000.