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Thursday, 22 October 1970


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   In which members' electorate offices has the Commonwealth provided (a) air-conditioning units and (b) refrigerators.

(2)   What area, in square feet, is regarded as adequate for a member's electorate office.

(3)   Where an area greater than this figure has been allocated to members, what was the total area allotted in each case.


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

(1)   (a) Air-conditioning units are provided by the Commonwealth in the electorate offices of the members' for Boothby, Grey, Kalgoorlie, St George, Stirling, Northern Territory and Wimmera.

(b)   Refrigerators are provided by the Commonwealth in the electorate offices of the members for Farrer, Kennedy, Capricornia and Northern Territory.

(2)   An area of 350 to 400 square feet is regarded as adequate for a member's electorate office.

(3)   Electorate offices comprising more than 400 square feet have been provided for the following members:

New South Wales -

Member for Berowra - 465 square feet

Member for Blaxland - 525 square feet

Member for Calare - 925 square feet

Member for Cook - 547 square feet

Member for Cowper - 480 square feet

Member for Evans - 432 square feet

Member for Farrer - 800 square feet

Member for Hume - 723 square feet

Member for Lyne- 476 square feet

Member for Mackellar - 412 square feet

Member for Mitchell - 546 square feet

Member for North Sydney- 414 square feet

Member for Prospect- 530 square feet

Member for Riverina - 592 square feet

Member for Shortland- 467 square feet

Victoria -

Member for Batman- 957 square feet

Member for Burke - 570 square feet

Member for Casey- 729 square feet

Member for Corio - 520 square feet

Member for Deakin - 790 square feet

Member for Flinders - 652 square feet

Member for Higgins (P.M.)- 846 square feet

Member for Holt - 500 square feet

Member for Indi - 490 square feet

Member forLalor - 490 square feet

Member for McMillan- 426 square feet

Member for Maribyrnong - 550 square feet

Member for Wills - 450 square feet

Member for Wimmera- 408 square feet

Queensland -

Member for Darling Downs - 466 square feet

Member for Dawson - 560 square feet

Member for Kennedy - 653 square feet

Member for Leichhardt- 458 square feet

Member for Maranoa- 495 square feet

Member for Oxley- 625 square feet

Western Australia -

Member for Swan - 600 square feet

Tasmania -

Member for Bass - 1,000 square feet

Member for Braddon - 456 square feet

Australian Capital Territory -

Member for Australian Capital Territory - 504 square feet.

In most instances in which areas much in excess of 400 square feet have been provided, the reason has been that, at the time the space was required, suitable alternative accommodation was not available and subdivision of the areas concerned was either impracticable or not acceptable to the lessor.

Commonwealth Rented or Leased Property in Bendigo (Question No. 1987)


Mr Kennedy (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   In respect of each property rented or leased for Commonwealth use in Bendigo, what is the (a) address of the property, (b) name of the owner, (c) use to which the property is put and (d) rental and terms or conditions which apply.

(2)   For how long has each Government department been renting or leasing property in Bendigo.

(3)   What sums have been paid in rent for each Commonwealth department in Bendigo since rented property was first used to 30th June 1970.


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

(1)   Six properties are currently leased for Commonwealth use in Bendigo. These, together with the required information in respect of each, are:

(a)   Comer of Queen and Mitchell Streets (part of first and ground floors).

(b)   AMP Society, 425 Collins Street, Melbourne.

(c)   Accommodation for District Telephone Officer and District Radio Inspector (PMG).

(d)   Rental $9,968 per annum plus $312 per annum for 3 car parking spaces from 9th May 1969. Term 3 years from 9th April 1969 with an option of renewal for a further 3 years at a rental to be agreed upon. Lessor is responsible for cleaning of common areas, payment of rates and all other outgoings, operation and maintenance of services within the building.

The Commonwealth is required to pay for electric light and power consumed, arrange cleaning and ensure that the accommodation is maintained in good repair (fair wear and tear excepted).

(a)   34 View Street (part ground floor).

(b)   Bendigo Trades Hall Council, View Street, Bendigo.

(c)   Accommodation for the Federal Member for Bendigo.

(d)   Rental $364 per annum. Lease is on a month to month basis. The lessoris responsible for rates, taxes and all outgoings, and any repairs resulting from fair wear and tear. The Commonwealth is responsible for light and power consumed and office cleaning.

(a)   238 Hargreaves Street (part of ground floor).

(b)   Mr R.\V. S. Beck, Crown Hotel. 238 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo.

(c)   Accommodation for the Divisional Returning Officer for Bendigo.

(d)   Rental $1,300 per annum. Lease is for a period of 3 years from 1st November 1969 with an option of renewal for a further 3 years at the same rental. The lessor is responsible for rates and all other outgoings and the cleaning of common areas. The Commonwealth is responsible for cleaning of the leased area, payment for light and power and maintenance of the interior in good repair (fair wear and tear excepted).

(a)   25 Pall Mall (shop premises).

(b)   Bendigo Advertiser and Independent Pty Ltd.

(c)   Accommodation for Hearing-aid Centre for Pensioners (Department of Health).

(d)   Rental $1,452 per annum. The lease is for a period of 3 years from 1st May 1968 together wilh an option of renewal for a further 2 years at the same rental. The lessor is responsible for rates and all other outgoings. The Commonwealth is responsible for light and power consumed, cleaning of the accommodation and is required to maintain the interior and its fittings in good repair (fair wear and tear excepted).

(a)   37 Pull Mull (ground floor).

(b)   Hume and Iser Pty Ltd, 35-37 Charleston Street, Bendigo.

(c)   Accommodation for District Employment Office (Department of Labour and National Service).

(d)   Rental $1,278 per annum. The lease is for a period of 1 year from 1st August 1970 with an option of renewal for a further 1 year al the same rental. Hie lessor is responsible for the payment of rates and other outgoings. The Commonwealth is responsible for light and power consumed, cleaning of the accommodation and is required to maintain the interior and fixtures therein in good repair (fair wear and tear excepted).

(a)   Clinic Laboratory and Animal House,

Bendigo Base Hospital.

(b)   Bendigo Base Hospital.

(c)   Accommodation for Pathological Laboratory (Department of Health).

(d)   Rental $31 per annum. The lease is on a month to month basis. The lessor is to pay all rates, taxes and outgoings. The Commonwealth is required to maintain the interior in good repair (fair wear and tear excepted), to paint the interior wood and ironwork every 5th year and the exterior wood and ironwork every 3rd year; also to maintain all electrical equipment in a sound and proper condition.

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