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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr NELSON (NORTHERN TERRITORY, NORTHERN TERRITORY) - My question is directed to the Minister for Air. The Minister will recall that he made an announcement in the latter part of last year to the effect that a contract had been let for the supply of prefabricated dwellings to house members of the Airfield Construction Unit and their families during the construction of the airstrip at Tindal in the Northern Territory, and that the first units would be completed and families would be occupying them before the end of the year. Is it not a fact that only two of the units have so far been completed? If so, what is the reason for the delay, which is causing inconvenience and distress to many families? Further, is work on the airstrip behind schedule because the men have had to do work normally done by contractors? If this is so, does it indicate that this hard-working unit requires additional men and machinery to handle this very important defence project?

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