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Thursday, 22 March 1928

Senator ANDREW (VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home and Territories, upon notice -

1.   Is the Government aware whether a number of the leases, both in the civic and residential centres of Canberra, are being forfeited and handed ' back tq the Federal Capital Commission?

2.   Will the Government have a public inquiry made into the matter, with a view to putting land-leasing of the Federal Capital Territory on a more satisfactory basis?

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - The Minister for Home and Territories has supplied the following answers to the honorable senators questions: -

1.   Five commercial' leases in the main shopping area have been surrendered by the Canberra Shops Ltd. Beyond reports in the press, the Commission has no official advice concerning any other surrenders. 2, It is not considered that any public inquiry is necessary. The company did not give any reason for surrendering the leases, but the reason is understood to have been a belief that if buildings were to be erected thereon, as prescribed, there would be a difficulty under present conditions in obtaining tenants for the accommodation.

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