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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1575

(Question No. 1632)

Mr Ruddock asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 21 August 1984:

(1) How many houses held for any purpose by the Minister's Department or any agency or statutory authority responsible to the Minister in the Australian Capital Territory were vacant on 18 June 1984.

(2) Does the Minister's Department control any other premises in the Australian Capital Territory which are presently unused which could be occupied for residential purposes; if so, (a) where are these premises, (b) what were their previous uses and (c) are there any plans for their future use.

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No houses are held by my Department in the Australian Capital Territory.

(2) The Department of Foreign Affairs has assumed responsibility under Article 22 (2) and Article 45 of the Vienna convention for protection of two properties belonging to the former Government of Cambodia (now Kampuchea). The properties are located at 4 Melbourne Avenue, Deakin and 5 Canterbury Crescent, Deakin. The building at 4 Melbourne Avenue was formally used as the Ambassador's residence and the building at 5 Canterbury Crescent, was used as the chancery.

The Australian Government's view is that ownership of the properties vests in the State of the People's Republic of Kampuchea. However, Australia does not recognise that Government, nor any other Cambodian Government, and until the present political situation in Kampuchea is clarified no plans can be made for the two residences.