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Wednesday, 14 October 1970

Mr Grassby asked the Minister for National Development, upon notice:

On what date did he receive from his Department the document referred to in his answer to my question No. 1325 (Hansard, 19th August 1970, page 217) which discusses in depth developments in natural resources, particularly minerals, forests, water and energy.

Mr Swartz - The answer to the honourable member's question Ls as follows:

The document has been in preparation and under consideration over 9 months. In that period there has been continuous preparation of the document jointly by me and officers of my Department.

Australian Capital Territory: Freehold land (Question No. 1810)

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to a recent advertisement in a Canberra newspaper stating that the Australian Capital Territory freehold property known as the Mount McDonald Block was for sale and to the advertised claim that it had particular value because of ite sub-division potential.

(2)   if so, has his Department changed its attitude to the control of freehold land in the A.C.T. as it was last expressed in 1967.

(3)   What is the Department's attitude to the advertisement and to the control of freehold land in the Territory.

(4)   Is it intended to acquire the remaining freehold land in the A.C.T.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Government's view is unchanged.

(3)   At the present time there is no law enabling the control of sub-division and use of freehold land but work is nearing completion on the preparation of an appropriate Ordinance.

(4)   Action leading to acquisition of freehold land in the Tuggeranong area exceeding 20,000 acres has been commenced. The landholders involved have been informed.

The Government's attitude to the acquisition of the remaining freehold, including land already offered to the Commonwealth, will be announced when it has had opportunity to consider the results of an investigation recently completed by the Department of the Interior which has had regard to all aspects of future land use needs and planning and economic implications.

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