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Wednesday, 13 June 1928


Mr ANSTEY (BOURKE, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Home and Territories, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that a rental allowance of about£ 52 per annum was made to all members of the Federal Capital Commission staff who were occupying houses on the 1st October, 1927?

2.   If so, is it a fact that the granting of such rental allowance synchronized with a rise in rent of about £52 per annum to all such employees, i.e., a man paying £ 1 8s. per weekreceived an allowance of about £1 per week and had his rent raised to about £2 8s. per week?

3.   Is it a. fact that officers of the Commission not renting houses on the 1st October, 1927, did not receive a rental allowance?

4.   Is it a fact that, although some officers who were not renting houses on the date mentioned, but who had applied and were waiting for houses in which to place their families, and subsequently obtained houses, are now paying the higher rent but receiving no rental allowance?

5.   Have such officers applied for the rental allowance or for a reduction in rent; if so, what reply did they receive?

6.   Is it a fact that clerical officers of the Commission receiving about £5 10s. per week without allowance, are being charged about £2 10s. per week in rent for the houses allotted to them ?

7.   If the facts ore as stated above, will the Minister obtain a definite statement from the Commissionas to what it proposes to do to correct what appears to be a serious anomaly?

8.   Will the Minister see that a reply is furnished in regard to this matter before Parliament adjourns at the end of this week?







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