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Friday, 3 December 1965

Dr FORBES (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister Assisting the Treasurer) - It is normal practice, wherever the Commonwealth constructs houses or other buildings anywhere in Australia, to expect the local authorities, where they usually provide such services as sewerage and water, to provide those services for Commonwealth properties. However, in view of objections by the Townsville Council, in this case it has been decided to provide these services at Commonwealth expense - that is, to depart from the normal practice. I should say to the honorable gentleman that in these circumstances what happens in relation to the ex gratia part payment of rates which the Commonwealth normally makes will be a matter for discussion and negotiation with the Council.

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