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Monday, 20 August 2001
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Mr Laurie Ferguson asked the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 28 June 2001:

(1) Further to the answer to question No. 1858 (Hansard, 4 October 2000, page 20855), did the Government announce in the Budget that it is now proposing to sell the Endeavour House Accommodation Complex at Coogee and Lady Gowrie House; if so, when is it proposed to sell these sites.

(2) Is there a link between this decision and the review of below standard live-in accommodation for single defence personnel; if so, what is the nature of the link.

(3) How many defence personnel were living at (a) Endeavour House and (b) Lady Gowrie House as at (i) 4 October 2000, (ii) 22 May 2001 and (iii) 28 June 2001.

(4) In the event of these properties being sold, (a) what alternative housing arrangements will be made for the defence personnel who currently live there and (b) what proportion of the sale proceeds, if any, will be made available to improve the state of live-in accommodation for single personnel.

Mr Bruce Scott (Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Subject to the outcome of the review of accommodation for single Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, the Government has identified Endeavour Hostel and Lady Gowrie house for sale in 2001/02. The properties will not be sold until any revised accommodation policy has been agreed and announced.

(2) Yes. The review is investigating future options for providing accommodation assistance for single ADF members in all localities.

(3) (a) Endeavour House

(i) 452

(ii) 386

(iii) 394

(b) Lady Gowrie House

(i) 42

(ii) 43

(iii) 44

(4) (a) Should the sale proceed, the review of accommodation for single ADF members contains recommendations on revised housing arrangements that will provide for the needs of current occupants. By way of example, the proposed sale may include lease back arrangements.

(b) Any proceeds from the sale of these properties will be returned to consolidated revenue.