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Tuesday, 16 October 1956

Mr MENZIES - As my honorable friend knows, some little time back arrangements were made concerning property occupied for what might be called " trading purposes ". The problem, so far as it affects Commonwealth property in general, is extremely complex. We have received deputations regarding it, and we have had it under consideration. On the one hand, we may have a Commonwealth property in a city, enjoying the amenities provided by that city, but paying no rates. On the other hand, as the honorable member knows better than most of us, we may have a Commonwealth property, such as an aerodrome, which actually - for some reason that is not clear to me - increases the rateable value of land in the vicinity. That is a problem that the Treasurer, and Cabinet, have had under close examination. It was raised on a former occasion by the honorable member who is now in the chair. I can assure the honorable member for Franklin that it is not being overlooked. We regard it as quite a problem.

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