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Wednesday, 19 April 1961


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

1.   How many (a) houses and (b) flats (excluding one-bedroom and bed-sitting room flats), constructedfor the Government for rental purposes in Canberra, were completed during the calendar year 1960?

2.   How many of these (a) houses and (b) flats were allotted to defence personnel arriving from Melbourne, or other places, on transfer to Canberra?

3.   How many of these (a) houses and (b) flats were allotted to other personnel on any kind of priority as distinct from allocations made from the Canberra waiting list?

4.   How many of these (a) houses and (b) flats were allotted from the ordinary Canberra housing list to applicants who had completed their waiting time in Canberra?

5.   How many government-owned (a) houses and (b) flats (exclusive of bed-sitting room flats) were vacated and re-let during the year?

6.   How many of these (a) houses and (b) flats were allotted to defence personnel on transfer to Canberra?

7.   How many were allotted to applicants on the ordinary Canberra housing list?

8.   What is the present number of applicants on the waiting list for houses and flats (not including bed-sitting room flats) in Canberra?

9.   What is the present time for which applicants have to wait to receive a "first offer" of a house or flat (not including one-bedroom or bed-sitting room flats)?

10.   How many (a) houses and (b) flats '(excluding one-bedroom and bed-sitting room flats) are under construction in Canberra for the Government at present?

11.   How many (a) houses and (b) flats (excluding one-bedroom and bed-sitting room flats) is it estimated will be completed during the calendar year 1961?

12.   How many one-bedroom and bed-sitting room flats will be completed during 1961?

13.   How many (a) houses and (b) flats are at present completed and held vacant pending the arrival of further defence personnel from Melbourne?


Mr Freeth (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for the Interior) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1. (a) 732 houses; (b) 157 flats. 2. (a) 306 houses; (b) nine flats. 3. (a) 72 houses; (b) one flat.

4.   311 new houses and 139 new flats were allotted to applicants on the general waiting list. In addition, tenants in other departmental housing accommodation were transferred to 43 new houses and eight new flats. 5. (a) 242 houses; (b) 130 flats. 6. (a) 29 houses vacated by defence personnel were re-allotted to their successors; (b) six flats.

7.   213 vacated houses and 124 vacated flats were allotted to applicants on the general waiting list.

8.   At 24th March, 1961, 3,181 applicants were registered on the general waiting list for housing. This includes 2,334 married persons and 847 unmarried.

9.   The waiting time at present for first offer of a three-bedroom house is 36 months. The waiting time for a flat varies according to the class of accommodation required but generally is eighteen months to 24 months.

10.   On 24th March there were 638 bouses and 36 two-bedroom flats under construction in Canberra for the Government.

11.   It is estimated that 800 houses and twenty flats (not including one-bedroom and bed-sitting room flats) will be completed during the calendar year 1961 for the Government.

12.   It is estimated that 12S one-bedroom and bedsitting room flats will be completed during the calendar year 1961 for the Government.

13.   At 24th March, 1961, 63 new houses were held vacant to meet the requirements of the next defence transfer. No vacant flats are held for the next defence transfer.







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