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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 496

Mr Bennett asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice:

(1)   Will he investigate the New Zealand system of purchasing aged persons residences in older established areas and offering the residents low rental flats for retirement if they so desire, with a view to adopting a similar scheme in Australia.

(2)   If so, will he also investigate the possibility of making the homes so purchased available to young families to preserve the balance of population in the areas and to utilise the services available.

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The implementation of housing policies by the New Zealand and Australian Governments differs in many respects which usually result from the fact that New Zealand has a unitary Government and is therefore able to take direct action, whereas the Australian Federal system makes it necessary for the Government to act through the State Government's and through private institutions in cases where specific powers are not provided in the Australian Constitution. In Australia, the Government provides funds for housing for aged persons and low income people generally under the terms of the Housing Agreement with the six States and the States Grants (Dwellings for Aged Pensioners) Act. In addition aged persons' accommodation is provided through private and semi-Government bodies under the Aged Persons Homes Act.

According to the Housing Agreement, advances by the Government to the States may be used by the State Housing Authorities to meet the cost of purchase, upgrading and renovation of dwellings, but the allocation of these dwellings to young married couples or to other persons is decided by the States.

I have looked at the New Zealand system to which the honourable member refers and found it very interesting, but it would not be possible for the Australian Government to act in this direct fashion.

Low Powered Television Transmitters: Ceduna and Woomera (Question No. 669) Mr Wallis asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Media, upon notice:

Has any definite date been set for the opening of the low powered television transmitters being erected at Ceduna and Woomera in the Electoral Division of Grey.

Mr Morrison - The Minister for the Media has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

It is expected that National Television Station ABWS Woomera will commence operation in October 1973. Station ABCS Ceduna commenced service on 16 July 1973.

Australian Government Land: Use for Tourist Development (Question No. 680) Mr Garland asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

01)   Has he received representations from the Western Australian Government for land held by the Australian Government for defence purposes to be handed to the State Government for tourist development.

(2)   If so, what is the present position, and when is it expected that a decision will be made.

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

(1)   I have received representations from the Premier of Western Australia, through the Prime Minister, seeking the release of land under the control of the Australian Army on 'Rottnest Island.

(2)   The Rottnest Island land is one of a number of areas in the vicinity of Perth about which representations have been received from the Western Australian Government.

(3)   The requests are being examined in the context of overall Australian Government requirements in the area and further advice will be given when that examination has been completed.

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