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Wednesday, 28 October 1964


Senator HENTY (Tasmania) (Minister for Civil Aviation) . - I refer to Division No. 720 - Advances to the States under the Commonwealth and State Housing Agreement. The appropriation for 1964-65 is £2,059,000. The appropriation for 1963-64 was £943,000 and expenditure was £1,156,845 so there is an increase this year of £902,155. Expenditure under this Division is under the control of the Department of Housing. In accordance with the provisions of the Housing Agreement Act 1961, each State is required to set aside annually for the erection of dwellings for serving members of the Services such a proportion of the advances by the Commonwealth for the purposes of the Act as the Commonwealth Minister for Housing may specify, but not exceeding 5 per cent, of the amount available for the erection of dwellings by the States. The Commonwealth then makes advances, additional to the principal advances, equal to the amounts set aside by the States. In addition, a special clause in the Agreement provides that the Minister for Housing may enter into negotiations with a State Minister for Housing for the provision of additional Service houses on terms to be mutually agreed. The increased requirement this year is due to the recently announced housing programme for the Services.

I turn now to Division 722 - Acquisition of Sites and Buildings. The honorable senator asked in what States these acquisitions have taken place or will take place. In New South Wales a new acquisition to be authorised in 1964-65 is at Bogan Gate where land is being acquired for a demolition area at a cost of £6,815. In South Australia there will be the acquisition of 13 married quarters under the new housing programme for the Services at a cost of £95,000. In Western Australia the uniform gauge railway line Being constructed by the State Government made Avon Valley unsuitable for a military training area, and an area at Bindoon has been accepted in exchange. The total cost is £154,815.

The appropriation for 1964-65 is £220,000. In 1963-64 the appropriation was £515,000 and expenditure was £506,626. So the proposed appropriation for this year is £286,626 below last year's expenditure. Funds required under this Division are to cover expenditure on the acquisition of land other than in Territories of the Commonwealth. The acquisitions are mainly for training areas, wireless stations, &c. The expenditures are under the control of the Department of the Interior. The estimated expenditure of £220,000 has been calculated as follows - Outstanding commitments at 30th June 1964, £203,483; proposed new authorisations in 1964-65, £154,815, giving a total estimated commitment of £358,298. If you deduct the amount that is estimated to remain unexpended at 20th June 1965 - £138,298 - you get the estimated expenditure for 1964-65 of £220,000.







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