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Friday, 16 October 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing, upon notice:

Will the Minister, before the debate on the Loan (Housing) Bill, give me information on the Housing Agreements for 1969-70 corresponding to the information the Minister gave me on Mtn September 1969 (Hansard, page 1262).

Dr Forbes - The Minister for Housing has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Applications lodged with State housing authorities for houses (and flats) built with advances received under the 1956-1966 Housing Agreement and with other moneys were:



(a)   Includes 4,669 unclassified applications, (b) The Queensland Housing Commission advises that applications for purchase of houses are not accepted prior to construction commencing. (c) The Housing Commission, Victoria and the State Housing Commission, Western Australia, advise that applications are not divided into the separate categories of rental and purchase. (d) These figures have been provided by the Tasmanian Housing Department subject to adjustment.

(2)   For the reasons explained in my answer to Question No. 128 on 21st April 1970 (Hansard, page 1410), it is not possible to provide this information.

(3)   The number of applications for dwellings lodged with the Service Departments by serving members of the Forces in 1969-70 and the number outstanding at 30th June 1970 were:

Some of these applications could be for dwellings provided by other than State housing authorities.

(4)   Advances under the 1956-1966 Housing Agreement in 1969-70, and the amounts expected to be advanced in 1970-71, are:


(5)   The numbers of dwellings built in 1969-70 in each category were:


(a)   Purchases under the Home Builders' Account were mostly of new dwellings. lb) Includes a number of dwellings financed from other than Housing Agreement moneys.

(6)   Repayments of principal and payments of interest by the States in 1969-70 under the 1945 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement and the 1956-1966 Housing Agreement, were:


(7)   The number of tenants receiving rental rebates under the 1945 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement formula at 30th June 1970, and the amount of the rebates in 1969-70, were:


In recent years Queensland has been the only State in which the cost of the rebates has been met in part by the Commonwealth. South Australia provides concessional rentals in necessitous case, but not according to any given formula.

(8)   In the year ended 30th June 1970 $250,000 was made available by the. Maltese Government, and $500,000 was made available by the Netherlands Government.

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