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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 2364

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

(1)   How many units were unoccupied at each of the Commonwealth migrant hostels on the latest date for which figures are available.

(2)   Will the Government make some of the unused accommodation available for unassisted migrants.

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

(1)   The nominal numbers of extra people who could have been accommodated in the several migrant hostels on 2nd September, 1972 (see question 6155 (1) and (2) for factors influencing nominal capacity) were:


About half of the unused accommodation is being progressively demolished because of the substandard nature of the buildings. (2)Thepresentpolicyistoadmittohostel accommodationmigrantfamilieswithdependant childrenwhoarenototherwiseeligiblebutwho faceserioushardshipwithoutsuchassistance.

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