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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4585

Mr Barnard asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

(1)   What arrangements exist for making financial provision for (a) capital expenditure and (b) current expenditure on (i) baby health centres, (ii) pre-schools and (iii) family stores at Australian Army bases where these facilities are not available in nearby civilian communities.

(2)   What amount has been spent on these facilities at each base in Australia for each of the last 3 years and what have been the sources of funds for this expenditure.

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


(a)   The provisions relating to expenditure on community facilities are as follows:

(i)   Baby Health Centres. No authority exists for expenditure provision for baby health centres in Army establishments in Australia.

(ii)   Pre-School Centres. No authority exists for the provision of expenditure for these facilities in Army establishments in Australia.

(iii)   Family Stores. Services Scales and Standards provide the authority for these facilities on a rental basis paid by the Australian Services Canteen Organisation (ASCO), subject to approval by the Departments of Defence and the Treasury, who will take into account the following factors: (!) The availability of existing commercial facilities, including deliveries:

(2)   Any future planned commercial expansion or development of the area;

(3)   The extent of existing facilities; and

(4)   The number of families to be served.

(b)   (i), (ii) No authority exists for expenditure on maintenance for Baby Health Centres and Pre-School Centres, (iii) Financial provision for expenditure on maintenance of approved Family Stores is made in the normal Repairs and Maintenance Programme procedure.

(2)   The expenditure of Commonwealth funds on maintenance of these facilities by areas is shown below. The source of funds for this expenditure is the Army Repairs and Maintenance Programme.


In addition the following facilities were acquired under Division 684 and are now occupied by

ASCO. Where the facility is a family store, ASCO occupies it on a rental basis.


All amounts shown are those expended from Commonwealth funds. There has been expenditure on pre-school centres in these and other areas. Thi.s expenditure has been provided by the State, the unit and private sources. The extent of this latter expenditure is not known.

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