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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

What action and studies have been undertaken pursuant to the further development of investigations suggested in the report by his predecessor in May 1967 on self-government for the Australian Capital Territory.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Since the tabling in Parliament of the paper Self-Government for the Australian Capital Territory - a Preliminary Assessment' by my predecessor in May 1967, my Department has continued further investigations into matters associated wilh self-government for the Territory.

In 1968 the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council initiated an inquiry into selfgovernment, for which I made available two officers. The Council however has not proceeded to finality in the inquiry.

Over the last couple of years a major study has been made of municipal accounting and its possible application to Canberra. This has been a long and detailed task which will culminate in the publication this year of the municipal accounts for Canberra.

Other aspects of possible forms of selfgovernment in Canberra have been under study and these studies are continuing.

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