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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr J R FRASER ser asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Are some houses already under construction in Canberra to be set aside for occupancy by officers of the defence and service departments to be transferred to Canberra?

2.   If so, in what suburbs and in what sections are these houses situated?

3.   If houses are being so allocated, will the rights of people already on the housing list for homes be safeguarded or will the officers to be transferred be given a priority over those already on the list?

Mr Fairhall - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1, 2 and 3. Houses cinder construction are not being set aside specifically for occupancy by officers of the defence services to be transferred to Canberra. However, the Government hasdecided to transfer to Canberra approximately 1,100 officers of the defence services and foi" compelling administrative reasons requires the transfers to be made in 1959 and to be completed in the shortest possible time. Residential accommodation will be provided accordingly from housesbecoming available for occupation at a suitable time either from the existing programme or from the greatly expanded programme of house construction now developing. The Government hasundertaken the major responsibility to provide housing in Canberra, but admission to the housing list does not confer " rights " as to the provision of residential accommodation at any time or in any priority.

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