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Tuesday, 11 September 1973
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Mr Whan asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   With reference to the answer to question No. 395 (Hansard, 8 May 1973, page 1843), does the Australian Wool Corporation call tenders for its wool testing requirements.

(2)   Is it a fact that Auscore have quoted lower rates for wool testing than other test houses; if so, what is the explanation for the lack of Wool Corporation support for this company.


Dr Patterson (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Northern Development) - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   No. The policy of the Corporation in allocating testing of wool owned by the Corporation was set out in the answer provided to Question No. 395.

(2)   The test requirements of the Corporation are predominantly for normal post sale certificate purposes. I am informed that during 1972-73, Auscore quoted lower rates for such tests than did the Australian Wool Testing Authority; the Auscore price list dated 1 July 1973, however, indicates that its charges for the current year are not lower than those of the Authority. The reason for the Corporation providing the major part of its testing business to the Australian Wool Testing Authority is apparent from the foregoing answers.

Age Pensions (Question No. 737)


Dr Klugman (PROSPECT, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Social

Security, upon notice:

(1)   What was the original justification for paying age pensions to women at 60 and men at 65.

(2)   Is this distinction still justifiable.


Mr Hayden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Invalid and Old-age Pensions Act 1908 provided for pensions to be paid to both men and women at the age of 65 years. It provided also that at a time to be proclaimed, namely, when finances permitted, women were to be granted pensions at the age of 60 years. This was implemented by the Fisher Government from 15 November 1910. History does not specifically reveal the reason for granting pensions to women five years earlier than men. However, one interesting factor which does not seem to have been given any consideration, at least in recent times, is the life expectancy rate of males and females at 60 and 65 years of age. The expectancy in each case is -

 

(2)   The question of qualifying ages for age pensions is a matter of Government policy.

Australian Capital Territory: Growth Rate (Question No. 796)


Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital

Territory, upon notice:

(1)   Will he commission studies to ascertain a desirable optimum size in terms of population for Canberra.

(2)   Does the Government agree that it should influence the growth rate in the Territory.

(3)   Will he make public the Patterson Report.


Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Studies are continuing. It is, however, difficult to establish an optimum size for a city, as the Honourable Member would know from his previous experience.

(2)   Yes, to the extent this is practicable. The scheduled 1973-74 transfers have been deferred for the present.

(3)   Yes.

Australian Capital Territory: Waiting lists for Accommodation (Question No. 797)


Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital

Territory, upon notice:

(1)   How many people are on the waiting lists for Government (a) houses and (b) single, double and three bedroom flats.

(2)   What is the average delay in providing those on the waiting lists with (a) a house and (b) a flat.

(3)   How do these delays compare with the delays in previous years.


Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The waiting lists maintained are for family dwelling units and bachelor flats. The numbers on the lists at 31 July 1973 were:

Family dwellings - 7,616

Bachelor flats - 421.

(2)   As at 24 August 1973 allocations were being made in the various categories of accommodation to applicants who registered on the dates shown:

 

(3)   Waiting times at 30 June in the years 1968 and 1972 were:

 

Australian Capital Territory: Sale of Government Houses (Question No. 798)


Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital

Territory, upon notice:

Is he now in a position to answer part (1) of question No. 247 regarding the sale of Government houses in the Australian Capital Territory.


Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Under present policy Government homes can be purchased by persons who were in occupation on 7 July 1972 or who were on the waiting list at that date and have since been or will be allocated houses.

(2)   It is not intended to extend the privilege to persons registered since 7 July 1972 while the present serious shortage of rental housing persists.







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