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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 2637

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   What is the total Aboriginal population aged over 21 years in the Northern Territory.

(2)   How many of these are estimated to live more than 5 miles from the nearest polling booth.

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

(1)   Information from the 1971 Census will not be available for some months. The Northern Territory Administration records provide an approximate figure of 11,000.

(2)   On the best information available from Administration records approximately 4,500.

Commonwealth Land and Property: Bankstown Municipality (Question No, 5574)

Mr Keating asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

What is the location of Commonwealth land holdings and properties within the Municipality of Bankstown in New South Wales.

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



Commonwealth Property: Forrest Place, Perth (Question No. 5605) .

Mr Berinson (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   What are the expiry dates of current leases of the Commonwealth property known as Padbury Buildings, Forrest Place, Perth.

(2)   What is the estimated value of the site, and what use is proposed for it after current leases have expired.

(3)   Has his attention been drawn to the announced intention of the Western Australian Government to sink or remove the Perth Central Railway Station, adjacent to Forrest Place, and develop a civic centre and/or public open space on the site.

(4)   Has any approach been received from the Western Australian Government seeking a transfer of the Padbury Building site, on favourable terms, for incorporation into a proposed Perth Civic Square; if so, what has been the response of the Commonwealth.

(5)   If no request has yet been received, will he nevertheless undertake to consider the possibility of such a Commonwealth contribution to the civic development of the central Perth City area.

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

(1)   The lease of Padbury Building expires on 6th May 1975.

(2)   Estimated value is about$1.1m. The property is held for the Postmaster-General's Department and its future use in the first instance is primarily a matter for that Department.

(3)   Yes.

(4)   No.

(5)   Any future approach by the Western Australian Government will receive due consideration, subject to the property becoming surplus to Commonwealth requirements.

Rural Reconstruction Scheme (Question No. 5610)

Mr Grassby asked the Minister for

Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Did he state to 300 farmers at Laidley, Queensland, in January 1972 that there is a serious defect in the rural reconstruction scheme.

(2)   Is it a fact thatit is not possible under the scheme for sons to buy out their fathers when the time has come for the property to be handed over to young trained men and at the same time provide the fathers with funds for the start of retirement; if so, is this the defect to which he referred.

(3)   Did he agree to examine this apparent anomaly.

(4)   If so, has he done so and what are the results of the examination; if not, when will he do so.

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

(1)   No.

(2)   Finance of a land transfer from father to son is generally outside the provisions of the Rural Reconstruction Scheme. However, assistance under the build-up provisions may be provided where the rural reconstruction authority is satisfied that the proposal meets the general conditions of eligibility and that the build-up would not otherwise take place. Where the father is in a position to finance the transfer himself or to arrange for finance from institutional lenders assistance would not be forthcoming.

(3)   and (4) Questions were raised during the meeting as to the provision of funds to finance transfer of property from father to son. In addition to the assistance referred to in (2) above availability of credit for this purpose is seen as part of the total requirements for rural credit into which I have asked the Bureau of Agricultural Economics to undertake a thorough going inquiry. This is a matter of some complexity, but I hope to receive a report on the Bureau's findings in the near future.

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