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No further need for priority housing for Darwin refugees



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THE MINISTER FOR THE

CAPITAL TERRITORY

The Minister for the Capital Territory, Mr

Gordon Bryant, said today that there would appear to be

no further need for priority housing to be allocated to

Darwin refugees.

Evacuation from Darwin has ceased and there is

no longer a case to give preference to Darwin people at

present housed in other centres over long term Canberra

residents who needed accommodation. ;

"The houses allocated to refugees from Darwin

have affected the waiting time for some registered

Canberra residents," Mr Bryant said. "The Government

is grateful for the way in which Canberra residents

have recognised the need to help families who have lost

so much through Cyclone Tracey by housing allocations

which, in happier circumstances, may have gone to people

on our own waiting lists."

Allocations made to Darwin refugees will be

reviewed every two months to ensure that continued housing

assistance is still needed.

CANBERRA

STATEMENT FOR PRESS

19 FEBRUARY 1975