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Thursday, 18 November 1976
Page: 2929

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) What grants were approved for Aboriginal housing associations in 1973-76.

(2)   What grants have been appropriated for 1976-77.

(3)   Which Aboriginal communities have applied for and been refused Government support to form a local autonomous housing association.

(4)   Will the Government act to see that autonomous Aboriginal housing associations are protected and supported in their aims to provide adequate and suitable housing associations for Aboriginal people in their communities.

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

(   1 ) and (2) See my answer to question 892.

(3)   No community has been refused Government support to form a housing association. Some communities and organisations have, however, been discouraged from forming housing associations for one or more of the following reasons: the community's housing needs were better met by the State Housing Authority; a housing association was already operating satisfactorily in the area; insufficient interest in the community to form a registered housing association; insufficient managerial and administrative experience to successfully operate a housing association.

(4)   Yes.

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