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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4560

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

(1)   How many houses for Aborigines have been constructed by the Northern Territory Administration (a) on settlements, (b) on missions and (c) elsewhere for each of the years 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70 and 1970-717

(2)   What was the total expenditure on Aboriginal housing within the categories mentioned for each of those years?

(3)   How many houses are planned in each of these categories for 1971-72, and what is the estimated cost?

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

(1)   The number of houses either constructed by the N.T.A. or by Missions using funds supplied through votes of the Department of the Interior.

In addition 23 houses were built during 1969-70 and 1970-71 by the Progress Association at Maningrida using timber provided free* of cost by the Government

A number of houses also were enlarged and improved under the programme to up-grade the standard of existing houses as people acquire better home management skills. (Does not include assistance from the Aborigines Benefits Trust Fund to housing societies of $50,000 in 1967-70 and $20,000 in 1970-71.)


In addition, grants to housing societies totalling $82,250 have been approved for expenditure from the Aborigines Benefits Trust Fund in 1971-72.

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