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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 2362

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   How much accommodation was there at each of the Commonwealth hostels set aside for migrants on 1st January, 1970, 1971 and 1972 and as at 1st July 1972.

(2)   How many migrants were in residence at each of the hostels on those dates.

(3)   What was the total capital cost of building the units at these hostels.

(4)   How much of this was spent during each of the last 4 financial years.

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

(1)   and (2) The number of people who can be accommodated in a migrant hostel fluctuates almost daily according to arrivals and departures, the size and composition of families including the age and sex of children, whether or not rooms are to be shared by members of families, and the number of rooms undergoing maintenance.

In the following tables, however, Commonwealth Hostels Limited has calculated the approximate nominal capacity in terms of the number of people each hostel could have accommodated; the number of people in residence on each of the dates requested is also shown. The number of persons who could have been accommodated in modern accommodation is indicated in brackets.


(3)   Migrant hostels handed over to Commonwealth Hostels Limited to operate on the formation of the Company in 1952 comprised a variety of Nissen and Quonset huts, prototype buildings.

Army huts and converted wool stores. The original capital cost of these buildings is not available. The total expenditure on a programme carried out progressively, over a number of years to replace nissen huts and other sub-standard buildings with modern motel-type accommodation on hostel sites presently in use was$23,462,576.

(4)   Expenditure on this programme during each of the last 4 financial years was:


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