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Friday, 11 June 1926

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister of Home and Territories) - On the 9th June Senator Graham asked the following questions regarding hotel properties owned by the Commonwealth in the Northern Territory and in the States: -

1.   Will the Minister state the number of hotels catering for liquor in the Northern Territory and owned by the Commonwealth, in addition to those for which tenders have just been invited?

2.   Does the Commonwealth own any hotel premises in any of the States ?

3.   If so, in which States, and how many in each State?

4.   Do any lessees or tenants of Commonwealth hotel premises hold any right under the terms of their leases or otherwise, to an extension of their leases, or to a further tenancy beyond the period of their existing leases, of any hotels in the Northern Territory or any of the States, which premises are not included amongst those for which tenders have just been called?

5.   If so, to which hotels does this apply?

6.   In reference to the hotels owned by the Commonwealth for which tenders have not yet been called, will tenders be invited foreither freehold or new leases before the existing leases expire?

I am now in a position to furnish the following replies : -

1.   The only hotels owned by the Commonwealth in the Northern Territory are those for the purchase of which tenders were recently invited.

2.   Yes.

3.   The Commonwealth owns two hotel properties in Western Australia, one in Wellingtonstreet, Perth, and one at Cockburn Sound.

4.   No.

5.   See answer to No. 4.

6.   This matter will be considered at the appropriate time.

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