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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1202

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question, which is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, arises out of the statement he made to the Senate last night in relation to houses occupied by Government Ministers. I refer to the part of the statement in which he said:

Ministers who occupy houses made available by the Government will be required to vacate within a reasonable time after they leave the Ministry . . .

What does the Government consider to be a reasonable time? In another part of the statement he said: . . if they wish they will be given, priority in renting a government flat

Will the priority given to ex-Ministers in their applications to rent government flats mean that applications of persons already on the waiting list will be superseded by those of back bench members of the Parliament?

Senator COTTON - As I only represent the Minister for the Interior, questions seeking elaboration of points in the statement that was made last night will have to go to him. I cannot say what is a reasonable time; nor can I anticipate who will be back benchers in the future, although I have a reasonable suspicion that the present members of the Opposition will be forever after.

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