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Wednesday, 26 April 1961

Mr J R Fraser ser asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   What amount was received by his department from rentals of government-owned dwellings in Canberra in the (a) week and (b) fortnight immediately preceding the date on which payment of increased rentals recently announced became effective?

2.   What rental is expected (a) weekly and (b) fortnightly from these dwellings under theincreased rentals which became effective on the 6th April?

3.   What amounts were received by the department in each of the last five financial years from the maintenance element of dwelling rentals in Canberra?

4.   What was the actual cost to the department for the maintenance of government-owned dwellings in Canberra in each of those years?

Mr Freeth - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The amount raised as a debit for rentals for the fortnight in question was £47,828.

2.   With the increased rentals the debit will rise to approximately £61,820 per fortnight.

3.   The amounts collected by way of rents for dwellings are paid to Consolidated Revenue. The receipts are not broken up into the components upon which the rental structure is based.

4.   1955-56, £158,620; 1956-57, £230,748; 1957- 58, £240,104; 1958-59, £273,982; 1959-60, £307,723.

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