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Thursday, 29 October 1970


Mr Reynolds asked the Minister repre senting the Minister for Housing, upon notice:

Of the maximum sum of $5m made available by the Commonwealth to the States under the States Grants (Dwellings for Aged Pensioners) Act 1969 for the period up to 30th June 1970, what expenditure has been (a) approved and (b) expended (i) in total and (ii) in each of the States.


Dr Forbes (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Health) - The Minister for Housing has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

For the period up to 30th June 1970, 37 building schemes to provide 665 single self-contained dwellings at an estimated cost of $3,537,080 were approved in accordance with the States Grants (Dwellings for Aged Pensioners) Act 1969. The total grants paid by the Commonwealth to that date, in accordance with progress made on the building schemes, amounted to $924,847. The details by States are:

 

The honourable member may be interested to know that to the present 53 building schemes to provide 873 single self-contained dwellings at an estimated cost of $4,779,505 have been approved.

Shipping (Question No. 2000)


Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister for

Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   What ships working on the Australian coast have been docked or repaired overseas from 1st January 1969 to date.

(2)   Can he say why these were not docked or repaired in Australia.


Mr Sinclair (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Industry) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Five ships trading on the Australian coast have been docked or repaired overseas since 1st January 1969. They are:

Gerringong' - General docking and overhaul.

Howard Smith' - Major engine modifications.

Iron Endeavour' - General docking and overhaul. "Kooringa' - Major structural alterations.

P.   J. Adams' - Cross converted.

(2)   It is understood that these vessels used overseas facilities for the following reasons:

Gerringong' - As the vessel was on a voyage to Japan and was overdue for docking, the owner decided to dock it in that country.

Howard Smith' - The owner considered superior facilities were available in Singapore.

Iron Endeavour- To fit in with the ship's operations in the trade to Japan, the owner decided to dock the vessel in that country.

Kooringa'- In order to maintain the then existing coastal service for as long as possible, while still having the conversion completed to coincide with the introduction of the overseas container ships, the work had to be done within the smallest possible time frame. A Japanese yard was therefore selected to undertake the alteration.

P.   J. Adams' - At the time the work was to be undertaken, there was no Australian shipyard available or capable of performing the work.







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