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Tuesday, 28 February 1984
Page: 106

(Question No. 492)

Senator Kilgariff asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 9 November 1983:

Will the Federal Government make arrangements so that Commonwealth employees in the Northern Territory are able to purchase Commonwealth government houses in which they are residing, given the arrangement of the previous Federal Government under which Commonwealth employees in the Northern Territory were able to purchase Commonwealth houses, and the current arrangement in the Northern Territory whereby Northern Territory government employees can buy Northern Territory houses.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

It has been decided that the home sales scheme will not be re-introduced for Commonwealth employees in the Northern Territory occupying Commonwealth-owned houses. Reintroduction of the scheme would exacerbate the shortage of staff housing and lead to further demands for capital expenditure on replacement stock .

A tenants' home sales scheme does not operate in respect of Commonwealth staff housing elsewhere in Australia and is not consistent with the Commonwealth's present role of employer only in the Northern Territory. In addition, the Northern Territory Government has agreed that occupancy of Commonwealth staff housing would not prejudice eligibility of Commonwealth employees for community housing provided by the Northern Territory Housing Commission.