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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1500

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -BROCKMAN - On 8th March Senator Laucke asked the following question without notice:

I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. Towards the end of last year an investigation was made by officers of the Department of Primary Industry and the Lands Department of South Australia into problems of finance and rentals confronting war service settlers on Kangaroo Island, to enable a general review of the situation there. What is the current position in respect of this review? When will the determinations in respect of it be announced. Further, is it a fact that recently the South Australian Minister of Lands, the Director of Lands and soldier settler representative of zone 5 in South Australia conferred with the Minister for Primary Industry in an endeavour to resolve problems in regard to rentals and related matters? What has been the outcome of this conference? Finally, will a determination favourable to zone 5 settlers flow on to similar betterment of the position of Kangaroo Island settlers,

The Minister for Primary Industry has supplied the following answer to the honourable senator's question: 1 refer to the honourable senator's question of 8th March 1972 concerning War Service Land Settlement in South Australia. The Minister for Primary Industry has now provided me with further information on the matters raised. The conference on Zone 5 matters to which the honourable senator referred took place on the 2nd of March and all the settlers in the area have now signed their leases. The decisions relative to Zone 5 are specific to that area. The review of problems confronting settlers under the War Service Land Settlement Scheme on Kangaroo Island is a separate undertaking. The problems are most complex and the review is still proceeding.

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