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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2329

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   What was the size of the Australian work force in each of the last 20 years.

(2)   What percentage of the Australian work force consisted of employees in each of the last 20 years.

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

(1)   and (2) Statistics giving the actual size of the Australian work force and the employee component thereof are only available at Census dates and Table 1 below provides the information as at the end of June in 1947, 1954, 1961 and 1966.

Estimates made by the Commonwealth Statistician of the civilian work force and of civilian wage and salary earners for the month of May in each of the years 1964 to 1970 are presented in Table 2. The population coverage of these estimates is not the same as that of the figures in Table 1. Estimates of the civilian work force prior to 1964 arc not available.



Housing Agreements (Question No. 3690)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Housing, upon notice:

Will he give information on the Housing Agreements for 1970-71 corresponding to the information which his predecessor gave on 16th October 1970 (Hansard, page 2366).

Mr Kevin Cairns (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Applications lodged with State housing authorities for houses (and flats) built with advances received under the 1956-1966 Housing Agreement were:



(b)   The Queensland Housing Commission advises that applications for purchase of houses are not accepted prior to construction commencing.

(c)   The Housing Commission, Victoria, and the State Housing Commission, Western Australia, advise that applications are not divided into the separate categories of rental and purchase.

(d)   Applicants in Victoria are interviewed several months after lodging an application to determine whether they are in a position, financially, to purchase a dwelling and if so, whether they wish to be considered for purchase.

(2)   For the reasons explained in the answer to Question No. 128 on 21st April 1970 (Hansard page 1410), it is not possible to provide this information.

(3)   The number of applications for dwellings lodged with the Service Departments by serving members of the Forces in 1970-71 and the number outstanding at 30th June 1971 were:

Some of these applications could be for dwelling provided by other than State housing authorities.

(4)   Advances under the 1956-1966 Housing Agreement in 1970-71 are shown in the following table. Authority for the Commonwealth to make advances under the Agreement expired on 30th June 1971, and I am advised that all States have not yet finally determined their allocations for housing in 1971-72.


(5)   The number of dwellings built in 1970-71 in each category were:


(6)   Repayments of principal and payments of interest by the States in 1970-71 under the 1945 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement and the 1956-1966 Housing Agreement, were:


(7)   The number of tenants receiving rental rebates under the 1945 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement formula at 30th June 1971, and the amount of the rebates in 1970-71 were:


In recent years Queensland has been the only State in which the cost of the rebates has been met in part by the Commonwealth. South Australia provides concessional rentals in necessitous cases, but not according to any given formula.

(8)   In the year ended 30th June 1971, {375,000 was made available by the Maltese Government.

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