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Thursday, 17 February 1977
Page: 227

Mr UREN (Reid) -Some wild allegations have been made by the Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development, (Mr Newman) that Opposition members have used the Grievance Debate this morning to try to stir and to worry needy people, people living in housing commission homes, by saying that their rents may go up. The Minister has said that we were the ones responsible for the situation. Of course discussion has already taken place in open public forum between 3 State Labor Premiers and the Minister. Those State Premiers have made certain allegations. Am I giving false information? Let me quote from the letter of the Minister to his counterparts in the States. In part it reads:

I was able to obtain from Cabinet issues of principles and definitions of objectives relevant to options available for future welfare housing in the States. These are set out fully in the attachment to this letter.

(a)   in respect of rental housing through the State Housing Authority:

(   1 ) capital funds for the construction and purchase of dwellings by State housing authorities should not be at subsidised interest rates.

Mr Newman -Read the rest of the letter.

Mr UREN -I read those words clearly in order to give their intent.

Mr Newman -Read the rest of the letter.

Mr UREN -The Minister says: 'Read the letter'. I do not intend to do so. Let him table this letter to clear up the matter here and now.

Mr Newman - I rise to a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I am quite happy for the complete letter to be incorporated here and now if the Deputy Leader of the Opposition wishes to do so.

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