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Wednesday, 10 November 1976
Page: 2587

Mr Abel (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for the Northern Territory, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Darwin Reconstruction Commission currently constructing approximately 300 new homes per month as reported; if not, what is the situation.

(2)   Are any of the sources of building materials being used in the production of these homes outside Australia; if so, to what extent are building materials being imported.

(3)   What are the names and addresses of each of the companies and partnerships with production points outside the Northern Territory which have already produced and supplied, or will produce and supply, building materials direct to the Commission during 1 976.

(4)   What materials does each such company or partnership produce, and, in general terms, what quantities will they supply to the Commission during 1976.

(5)   By what means are those companies located outside the Northern Territory transporting these goods to Darwin.

Mr Adermann - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   An average of 180 homes per month (not 300) are being completed by the Darwin Reconstruction Commission at present. The majority of them are new with the balance being rebuilds on existing floors and major repairs.

(2   ) Yes. All cement used in Darwin is imported from overseasfrom such places as Korea and Taiwan, and approximately 90 per cent of timber is imported from Malaysia and/or Papua New Guinea with the balance mainly from Western Australia and minor quantities from Queensland. There are also ceiling fans, the bulk of which, although purchased from southern firms, originate from Hong Kong.

(3)   and (4) The Darwin Reconstruction Commission has not purchased building materials direct during 1976. It should be noted, however, that building contractors to the Darwin Reconstruction Commission and the private sector are themselves responsible for the provision and selection of materials, subject only to compliance with performance specification, and other than cement, timber and ceiling fans as described above, materials are generally of Australian manufacture.

(5)   Most of the materials from Western Australia are transported by ship, but there have been exceptions where materials have proceeded by road/rail via South Australia. Materials from South Australia invariably are transported to Darwin by road/rail. Materials from the eastern states are transported both by ship (usually the 'Darwin Trader') and by road.

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