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Thursday, 22 May 1980
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Mr Les McMahon (SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Housing and Construction, upon notice, on 6 March 1980:

(1)   How many private dwelling constructions were commenced in the government sector in (a) 1975-76, (b) 1976-77, (c) 1977-78 and (d) 1978-79.

(2)   What is the estimated number of private dwelling constructions to be commenced in 1979-80.

(3)   What was the percentage increase in the cost of (a) building and (b) buying a house in the local government areas in New South Wales of (i) Sydney, (ii) Leichhardt, (iii) Marrickville and (iv) South Sydney in the period from 1975 to 1979.


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

(1)   The numbers of private and government commencements for the year requested are as follows:

 

(2)   The Indicative Planning Council has estimated that private dwelling commencements in 1979-80 should total approximately 120,000.

(3)   (a) It is not possible to provide a reliable estimate of changes in the cost of building a house in the local government areas identified. While the Australian Bureau of Statistics does collect data on the value of dwellings completed in local government areas, these data are not adjusted ibr quality, size or location within the LGA. Consequently, when there are relatively small numbers of houses or groups of units being produced, changes in average dwelling completion values do not provide a reliable guide to changes in underlying costs.

(b)   The following table shows the annual percentage increase in the average price of all houses sold in each area in the years 1976-77 to 1978-79. Similar data for 'other' dwellings are not available. Again, these data should be used with caution as there is no adjustment for quality, size or location of the dwelling.

 

(a)   Sales data on the purchase price of houses in the areas requested are not available prior to the December quarter 1975. For 1976-77, the percentage increase is based on the last three quarters of 1 975-76.







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