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Tuesday, 7 December 1976


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

Which recommendations of the Toose report on the repatriation system have not been implemented'


Mr Newman - The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The honourable member is referred to the statement I made in the Senate on 22 September 1976 (Hansard, page 840).

The recommendations in the Toose Report have not been implemented because they require detailed consideration and evaluation. My Department is proceeding with this complex task, taking into consideration the views of ex-service organisations, many of which take issue with major recommendations in the Report.

As I said in my statement of 22 September, the Government's decisions on the Report will be announced progressively as they are taken.

Loans under Defence Service Homes Act (Question No. 1402)


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

(1)   What expenditure has been incurred and what repayments have been made under the Defence Service Homes Act since its inception.

(   2 ) What is the present waiting period for loans.

(   3 ) What is the average loan.

(4)   What is the average period of repayment.


Mr Newman - The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Since the inception of the Defence Service Homes Scheme to 30 June 1976, total capital expenditure was $ 1,920.4m and total repayments of principal and interest $ 1,482.2m.

(2)   Eleven months in respect of the purchase of new or existing homes. There is no waiting period for the construction of new homes.

(3)   The average loan granted during the 1975-76 financial year was $12,4 14.

(4)   Loans currently being granted normally provide for a repayment term, by equal instalments, over a period of 32 years. In practice many purchasers and borrowers discharge their liability ahead of time. During the 1975-76 financial year there were 9422 liabilities discharged, averaging a repayment period of 14 years and 2 months.

Government Purchases of Leyland Cars (Question No. 1453)


Mr O'KEEFE (PATERSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services:

(   1 ) Did the Whitiam Labor Government purchase over 900 P76 Leyland motor cars from Leyland Australia Limited during 1975;

(2)   If so, was a number of these vehicles auctioned in Melbourne some weeks ago, and were they sold for $350 each;

(   3 ) If so, what was the loss on the sale of these vehicles.


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

(   1 ) The Labor Government purchased 339 P76 Leyland motor cars in 1975 in connection with the decision by Leyland Australia to reduce its manufacturing activities in Australia;

(2)   and (3) In the last 12 months one P76 Leyland motor car was auctioned on behalf of the Commonwealth Government by the Commonwealth Disposals Authority in Melbourne. The vehicle realised $300. It was disposed of due to accident damage and was without engine or transmission.

Employment in the Textiles, Apparel and Footwear Industries (Question No. 1465)


Mr Stewart asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry and Commerce, upon notice:

(1)   How many employees in the (a) textile, (b) apparel and (c) footwear manufacturing industries have lost their jobs since March 1974.

(2)   How many of these employees in each industry were (a) male and (b) female.


Mr Howard -The Minister for Industry and Commerce has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) The Australian Bureau of Statistics publishes data in respect of wage and salary earners employed in various industries. The changes in employment in the textiles, apparel and footwear industries, are set out below:

(2)   The sex composition of the decrease in civilian employment was as follows:

Any discrepancies are due to rounding.







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