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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 572

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 20 May 1980:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to the submission made to local officers of his Department in Queensland by a Mr David Gilmorgan concerning the alleged inadequacy of compensation to him by the Department following the forced sale to the Department of land on Jackson Estate, Cribb Island, Queensland, on which 2 cottages owned by Mr Gilmorgan stood.

(2)   If so, did Mr Gilmorgan submit that (a) it was inequitable that the Department had not made adequate provision for compensation to the owners of property which stood on the land of another person and (b) although the compensation offered to him in respect of his 2 small cottages, one of which was his home, may have been reasonable had sale been contemplated by him, he had now to seek alternative accommodation and would face substantial additional expense in finding a comparable home.

(3)   Will his Department examine methods of compensating people whose homes stand on land which it purchases.

Mr John McLeay (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   (a) and (b) Yes, but I am advised that the offer made to Mr Gilmorgan in compensation for his tenancies was fair and reasonable in the particular circumstances of his case.

(3)   Yes. The Law Reform Commission, in its recent report on Lands Acquisition and Compensation has made recommendations on this matter. The Report is under consideration by the Government.

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