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Wednesday, 30 May 1973
Page: 2922


Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice:

(1)   How many hostels were operated by Commonwealth Hostels Ltd as at 27 February 1973.

(2)   How many of them operated for (a) migrants and (b) non-migrants.

(3)   What is the location and purpose of each hostel operated for non-migrants.

(4)   How many hostels were closed during 1972.

(5)   What was the cost of caretaking services for the hostels closed during 1972.

(6)   What was the financial position of Commonwealth Hostels Ltd as at 27 February 1973.

(7)   Can he say whether it is intended to increase the tariff in Commonwealth hostels in 1973.


Mr Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Twenty-nine.

(2)   (a) Thirteen; (b) sixteen.

(3)   Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, nine. - seven for public servants working for the Commonwealth in Canberra; one (Hotel Kurrajong) for members of Parliament and their staffs; and one (Brassey House) for public servants including those attending residential Public Service Board training courses, with some accommodation also used by members of Parliament and their staffs.

Darwin, Northern Territory, three - two for public servants working in Darwin offices; and one for employees of the Department of Works and of contractors working for the Commonwealth.

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, one - for public servants working in Commonwealth offices and employees of the Department of Works and of contractors to the Commonwealth.

Katherine, Northern Territory, one - for public servants working in Commonwealth offices and employees of the Department of Works and of contractors to the Commonwealth.

Exmouth, Western Australia, one - for Australian employees working at the United States Navy Communications Station.

Cocos Island, one - for single persons employed on the island and to provide overnight accommodation for persons on visiting aircraft

All the non-migrant hostels provide casual accommodation for the general public through the use of rooms not immediately required for the primary purpose of the hostel.

(4)   Four.

(5)   The annual cost of caretaking of the hostels closed during 1972 is approximately $75,000.

(6)   It is not clear what information is sought in this question. 27 February is not a balancing date of the Company. The latest financial statements, included in the Company's Annual Report for 1971-72, showed the position at 30 June 1972. _ (7) Tariffs charged in hostels are reviewed from time to time and adjustments are made when necessary.







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