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Wednesday, 15 March 1961

Mr J R Fraser - I ask the Minister for the Interior: Can he state the reasons which prompted the Government's decision to increase the rentals of many governmentowned homes in Canberra as from 6th April next? Is it true that the rentals of many of these homes will increase by amounts much in excess of the 29s. a week mentioned in the first announcement as the maximum increase? As the rental rebate system takes account only of family income and not of the number of children or the commitments which a family has, will the Minister see what aid can be given to families who find that they are not entitled to rebates, but nevertheless are not able to pay rents higher than those at present paid?

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