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Wednesday, 23 March 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister for Home and Territories yet received a reply to my question, put to him a few days ago, with regard to the report that the Federal Capital Commission had decided to impose a rate of1s. 3d. in the £1 on the unimproved value of land at Canberra ?

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - I think the information has been received, and I will endeavour to make it available to the honorable senator, possibly this morning.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW.On the 16th of March, Senator Duncan asked me the following questions: -

1.   Willhe furnish, for the information of the Senate, a list of officers of the Federal Capital Commission for whom houses have been provided at Acton, giving in each case -

(a)   total cost of houseand all improvements on the land;

(b)   floor area ofhouse;

(c)   rental of house ;

(d)   area value and rental of land on which house is erected, and manner in which, and authority by which, such value has been determined?

2.   Whether a meterfor registration of electric current is installed in each house?

3.   Whether arrangements have been made or promises given underwhichany public servants not employed by the Federal Capital

Commission are to have residences in the neighbourhood of Acton; and, if so, who are those public servants, and why has an exception been made in their case?

4.   Whether any or all of the houses, if any, mentioned in the previous paragraph of this question are built on land shown on the approved plan of the city as being part of the University site,

I desire now to state that I have to-day received from the Federal Capital Commission the following information in reply to the questions of the honorable senator : -

1.   (a), (b), and (c) -


Note. - The rentals in the cases of the officers numbered 5 to 12 inclusive were fixed as a result of a recommendation by the Parliamentary Joint Committee of Public Accounts in 1921.


The land valuations wore made by the Commission's Land Office in conference with late Commissioner Gorman, and were confirmed by the Valuer-General, Sydney.

2.   Yes.

3.   Yes, in one case, viz,, that of the Secretary, Prime Minister's Department. Only one block is at present available, and that was applied for by the official mentioned during a visit to Canberra, and was allotted to him upon such application.

4.   Some are on the outskirts of the land shown on the approved plan of the city as being required for University purposes. The commission advises that it is economically impossible to erect University buildings on the sites proposed in the plan, and it proposes to seek a modification of the design in this respect. The commission also states that all the houses constructed in this area are of timber, so that their removal will be more easily effected in the event of the land being required for other purposes.

I desire to add that I am making further inquiry of the commission as to the circumstances in which the block referred to in question 3 was made available to the applicant to whom it was allotted.

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