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Canberra's land system



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S T A T E M E N T FOR PRESS

THE MINISTER FOR THE

CAPITAL TERRITORY mm

The Minister for the Capital Territory, Mr. Kep Enderby,

today described as hypocritical and misleading criticism

of Canberra's land system by former Country Party Minister

for the area, Mr. Ralph Hunt.

"It is completely hypocritical for Mr. Hunt to complain

of high land prices in Canberra", Mr. Enderby said. "His

Government created the unsatisfactory policies that

produced the land spiral . It abolished ground rents and

used the auction system to continually drive up prices .

At the same time Mr. Hunt and his colleagues failed in .

their responsibility to release and service sufficient land

They lived in a policy vacuum and let Canberra's future

go hang .

Now like all discredited politicians, Mr. Hunt blames his

successor, who has to clean up the mess. Well we are.

cleaning it up .

I have suspended his auction system and new land policies

wi'll shortly be introduced to meet the responsibility Mr.

Hunt and his Government never faced up to - to provide

people with a place to live at a price they can afford".

CANBERRA END 3 SEPTEMBER 1973