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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2265


Senator VIGOR(5.22) —I have two quite simple questions concerning the Department of Housing and Construction. One is about the first home owners scheme and the other is about the community housing program. Firstly, under what circumstances are applicants for benefits under the first home owners scheme required to submit further details of their savings over the previous 12 months and to account for any major deposits that were made during that period? Roughly, what proportion of applicants are asked for this additional detailed information? This matter came to my notice because of a few queries made to my office. Secondly, what monitoring is done of the community housing expansion programs conducted under the Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement? Is the Minister able to indicate any States other than South Australia in which there has been a major increase in the number of groups being able to obtain low cost rental accommodation through the community housing programs?