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Tuesday, 24 February 1987
Page: 559

Senator GIETZELT (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)(10.49) —Senator Peter Baume has raised a number of matters which require the attention of the Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services (Mr Uren). I can appreciate the concerns raised by Senator Baume. They are matters which unfortunately come within budgetary considerations. The rights of a number of people have obviously been affected by an insufficiency of funds allocated. I suppose that in defence of the Government's position I could say that it may have anticipated that there would be some reluctance on the part of residents to sell and therefore limited funds would have been made available in the first financial year. However, having spent many years in local government, I know that when governments decide to take courses of action people decide, perhaps reluctantly, to accept the government's wishes and make other plans. In those circumstances, governments have an obligation to respond. All I can do in these circumstances is to make representations to the Minister and suggest that he be strengthened by the case that Senator Peter Baume has put on this matter so that in the current financial year, as we prepare for the next Budget, sufficient funds will be available at least to alleviate the major part of the problem, having regard to the tight budgetary problems that obviously are still with us.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 10.51 p.m.