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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1959


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

What is the latest figure of the enrolment in each electoral division.


Mr HUNT (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The number of electors enrolled in each electoral division, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory as at 25th August 1972 is set out in the table below.

 

 

 

Electoral: Enrolment of Migrants (Question No. 6094)


Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

How many (a) naturalised persons and (b) citizens of other Commonwealth countries applied to be enrolled in each electoral division during the last period for which statistics are available.


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

(a)   and (b) The required information is not available as the birthplace of electors is not collated.

Commonwealth Electoral Act: Permissible Expenditure (Question No. 6114)


Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

When was a candidate last prosecuted for exceeding the expenditure permitted by the Commonwealth Electoral Act.


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

The Electoral Office records do not reveal any evidence of a prosecution against a candidate for exceeding the expenditure permitted by the Commonwealth Electoral Act.

Commonwealth Cars: Distance per Hour (Question No. 6124)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Supply, upon notice:

What is the average number of miles which his Department estimates that the vehicles in its taxi pool can travel per hour in each State capital (Hansard,5th May 1971, page 2630).


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

The Department of Supply has not conducted any surveys to estimate the average number of miles that vehicles in its taxi pool can travel per hour in each State capital.

However records are available which show the chargeable miles travelled per chargeable hour by Commonwealth cars engaged in taxi pool operations except in Tasmania.

Available details for 1971/72 are as follows:

 

It should be noted that these figures include both country and city running but the bulk of the Commonwealth's taxi pool mileage is within the city.

Australian Capital Territory: Sewage Effluent (Question No. 6152)


Mr Grassby asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to the statement in the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Environment relating to Canberra sewage effluent that Australian Capital Territory authorities readily acknowledge that Canberra's waste water does contribute pollution to the receiving waters and that their evidence indicated that they have been aware of this and the need for improved standards though they found themselves forced to regard the streams receiving the effluent as forming in effect part of the treatment process.

(2)   If so, does this statement conflict with assurances previously given that Burrinjuck Dam was not being used for sewage treatment.

(3)   Does the finding of the Committee that Canberra's rate of growth in recent years has far outstripped expectations and planning indicate that there is an urgent need for remedial action to prevent continued pollution by the A.C.T. of Burrinjuck Dam and the Murrumbidgee River. (4)Will he initiate such action as has been sought by the relevant local government bodies in the Murrumbidgee Valley.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   and (3) The Burrinjuck Dam is not being used for the treatment of Canberra's sewerage effluent. The Senate Committee concluded that Canberra's sewage effluent marginally raises the level of bacterial pollution of the Murrumbidgee River but that the level remains basically acceptable at the point of re-entry to New South Wales, bearing in mind the normal uses of the water downstream to and within the Burrinjuck Dam.

The A.C.T. authorities are aware that there is a need to improve the quality of effluent discharges and plans are well advanced for a very modern water control centre for Canberra to replace existing facilities. Allowing for detailed design, the tendering process and the construction period, this facility is expected to be operational about 1976-1977.

(4)   The Government will examine any proposals put forward by relevant local government bodies in the Murrumbidgee Valley concerned with the problem of pollution of the Murrumbidgee River.

Northern Territory Police Force (Question No. 6161)


Mr Beazley asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   What is the number of Aboriginals who are police constables (trackers) in the Northern Territory Police Force.

(2)   How many are constables other than trackers.

(3)   How many have higher rank than constable.

(4)   What proportion of each rank in the Northern Territory Police Force is Aboriginals.

(5)   Are trackers employed who are not police; if so, how many.


Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (l)-(5) Thirty-five Aborigines are employed as trackers. No other Aborigines are employed in the Northern Territory Police Force but a review is at present being made of possible ways to increase opportunities for Aborigines in the Force.

Community Reference Study (Question No. 6208)


Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

When will the results of the Community Preferences Study conducted by his Department in 1971 be released.


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

It is expected that details of responses to the questions included in the Community Preference Study will become available for release towards the end of September.

Canberra: Indoor Recreation Complex (Question No. 6209)


Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   In view of the decision of the Government not to build a heated swimming pool in Canberra at this time, will the answers to the questions concerning the desirability of an indoor recreation complex, asked of 2,000 Canberra households, by the Department in its 1971 Community Preferences Study, be made public before the rest of the results are published.

(2)   Has the National Capital Development Commission considered the desirability of having an indoor sporting and recreation centre built in Canberra; if so, what stage has been reached in this consideration.


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

(1)   No.

(2)   The National Capital Development Commission and the Department of the Interior are considering such a proposal but the study is still in the preliminary stages.







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