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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 1952

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior. Has the Minister's attention been drawn to an article in today's issue of the 'Canberra Times' which makes serious allegations to the effect that some business enterprises are forcing up prices by withholding leases from the market and that others who normally would be content to deal in houses are virtually forced to make large extra profits out of leases because of sharply rising prices? Is the Minister aware that unrestricted and group auctions of land have increased by 79 per cent and 81 per cent respectively in the past 16 months? In view of these price increases and the allegations I refer to, will the Minister request the Minister for the Interior to refer this matter to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Australian Capital Territory for a full investigation into all matters referred to in this Press article?

Senator COTTON - That is a long question and it contains a lot of detail emanating from a newspaper article which I have not read. I should prefer to refer it to the responsible Minister.

Senator Poyser - I shall give it to you.

Senator COTTON - I would be glad if you would do so. I would be glad to have it. The honourable senator referred to the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory which has done very worthwhile work. It will be for the Minister to decide what to do. As an ex-member of that Committee, I speak with great admiration for its work.

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