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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Has his Department ceased lo accept applications for one-bedroom flats and bed-sitter units in Canberra; if so, why and when did it cease to accept applications and when does it propose to accept applications again.

(2)   How many applications for such accommodation were lodged with his Department in the Australian Capital Territory in each of the last 10 financial years.

(3)   How many applications were outstanding at the end of each of (hose years.

(4)   How many one-bedroom flats and bedsitter units were built in each of those years.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honour able members question is as follows:

(1)   Registration for bed sittingroom and onebedroom flats by single people nas suspended on 11th February 1970.

At (hal time the waiting time for a one-bedroom flat was 62 months and for a bed sittingroom flat 53 months. These times have since increased to 67 months and 59 months respectively. The suspension will remain until the wailing times are considerably reduced. Ii is not possible at this stage to forecast how long this will be.

(2)   , (3) and (4):

Australian Capital Territory: SelfGovernment (Question No. 748)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   What action did he take on the resolution of the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council in November 1968 calling on all Commonwealth Ministers to supply information relevant lo the Council's inquiry into self-government in the Territory.

(2)   Did the Council terminate its inquiry into self-government because it could not proceed without such information.

(3)   Has the co-operation of all Ministers now been achieved.

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

(1)   A reply was forwarded to the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council on 28th January 1969 indicating that there was a lung way to go lo clarify many of the complexities involved in drawing up a broad framework of (government best suited lo the Territory. In my view it was essential thai an acceptable framework bc produced before the Government could consider the matter in principle, and I indicated to Council thai I could not approach the Government without that framework. The Government was therefore nol in a position lo direct Ministers in (he terms of the Advisory Council resolution. My view was that Council had a real and independent contribution lo make lo the question of self-government for the Territory and I suggested to Council that acceptance by the Government of the principle of self-government was not a condition precedent lo the development of an appropriate and acceptable framework.

(2)   No. Council advised me that it had resolved in suspend any consideration of self-government issues until the end of February (1969) or earlier at the discretion of the Chairman.

(3)   See answer to question (1).

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