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Wednesday, 5 October 1927

Senator DUNCAN (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home and Territories, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that practically all sites in Canberra, whether residential or business sites, have been disposed of through one firm or company of agents?

2.   If so, what is the amount of commission which has been paid, and/or which is now due and owing by the commission to such agents?

3.   What is the reason for granting such agents a monopoly in this respect?

4.   Is it a fact that a member or members of such firm of estate agents is' or are also a director or directors and/or large shareholders in certain buildings and/or investment companies which have purchased or dealt very largely in lands acquired from the commission through such agents?

5.   Is it a fact that a number of public servants and/or servants of the Federal Capital Commission are also large shareholders in one or more of such concerns?

6.   How many blocks in the " Civic " Centre were submitted for sale at thelast sale of business sites?

7.   How many of such blocks were purchased by any, and which, of the aforesaid concerns in which public servants or servants of the commission are interested ?

8.   Is one of such concerns carrying on a motor garage firm or company ?

9.   Is it a fact that a rival motor garage, the site for which was purchased at a very large price, has been notified by the commission that it will not be permitted to carry out repair work?

10.   If so, will this prohibition have the effect of giving a monopoly of such repair work to the concern referred to in Question No. 8?

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - The information desired by the honorable senator is being obtained, and willbe made available as soon as possible.

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