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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 214

Senator Scullion asked the Minister for Human Services, upon notice, on 4 December 2008:

With reference to the Minister’s statement ‘The short answer is that we have been evicted from those premises’ (Senate Official Hansard, 3 December 2008. p8016), concerning the Centrelink office in Currie Street, Adelaide: What was the reason provided to the Government by the building owners/managers for this eviction.

Senator Ludwig (Minister for Human Services) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

The Termination Notice issued by the landlord’s solicitor on 21 November 2008 did not provide a reason for the termination of the lease. The Notice noted that Centrelink had been a monthly tenant since the lease expiry of 31 July 2008 in accordance with clause 4.6 of the lease, and advised that the lease is to terminate on and from 24 December 2008.

The landlord previously advised by email on 12 November 2008 that if Centrelink did not agree to their latest offer made on 31 October 2008, by 14 November 2008, the landlord reserved the right to withdraw this offer and issue a notice to vacate. The landlord’s offer was unacceptable to Centrelink, and when Centrelink sought to negotiate further, the Termination Notice was issued.