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Friday, 12 September 1969

Mr J R Fraser - I ask the Minister for Labour and National Service: Does he recognise that there is now no hostel for the accommodation of migrant families in Canberra? Does he know that migrant families arriving here face extreme difficulty and, indeed, high cost in finding accommodation for themselves pending the allocation of housing by the Department of the Interior over a waiting time approximating some 31 months? Does the Minister recall that it was from this place in the House that I made the initial suggestion that migrant hostels should be replaced by self-contained flats providing the type of accommodation that is now being provided elsewhere for migrants? Will the Minister consult with his colleague, the Minister for Immigration, on the possibility of establishing blocks of self-contained flats to house migrant families in this national capital, the city of Canberra?

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