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Tuesday, 8 March 1932


Mr ARCHDALE PARKHILL (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Home Affairs) - On the3rd March, the honorable member for Perth (Mr. Nairn) asked the following questions,uponnotice: -

1.   Did the cost during the last financial year of the administration and development of the Federal Capital Territory exceed the receipts from rents, services, and all sources byabout £680,000?

2.   Was the loss for last year greater by £185,000 than the loss for the preceding year? 3.Doeshe proposeto take any steps to reduce the amount of these recurring losses to the taxpayers of the Commonwealth?

I now desire to advise him as follows: -

1.   No.

2.   No.

3.   Considerable reductions have already been made in the expenditure on the Federal Capital Territory, and investigations into all possible means of economy are still proceed ing.

On the 4th March, the honorable member for Gwydir (Mr. Abbott) asked me the following question,without notice: -

Will the Minister for Home Affairs inform me whether it is a fact that rural lessees in the Federal Capital Territory are charged a flat rate of1s. per . 1,000 gallons of water, while residents within the city area arc exempt from any such charge?

I now desire to advise him as follows : -

There are a number of rural lessees whose holdings are in the vicinity of the pipe line of the Canberra water supply, who at their own request have been supplied with water for domestic and stockpurposes. The charge is1s. 3d. per 1,000 gallons up to a maximum reading of 91,000 gallons for six months, any excess water being charged for at the rate of 2s. per 1,000 gallons. The charge to city residents for water is in the form of a rate which at present is6d. (water supply3½d., sewerage 2½d. ) in the £1 on the unimproved capital value of the land in respect of water supply and sewerage. Industrial undertakings in the city area pay in addition an excess rate for water consumed of1s. 3d. per 1,000 gallons.







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