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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 136

Senator CAVANAGH asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   Are there permanent unoccupied apartments at migrant hostels as a result of Australia's reduced migrant intake.

(2)   Could any such accommodation now be made available for the housing of pensioners who are at present paying exorbitant rents for substandard accommodation.

Senator WRIGHT The Minister for Labour and National Service has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) There is unoccupied accommodation in old and sub-standard Nissen but type buildings which are being phased out and demolished as circumstances permit. Some modern accommodation in hostels has been unoccupied in recent months. This has been due to the fluctuation in migrant intakes and not to this type of hostel type of accommodation having been assessed as surplus to permanent requirement.

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