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Thursday, 7 October 1971
Page: 2020

Mr CROSS (BRISBANE. QLD) - My question is directed to the Minister for Housing. I draw his attention to a report on the States Grant (Dwellings for Aged Pensioners) Act 1969 and point out that of 1,433 units built in the nation only 18 were constructed in Queensland. Is the Minister concerned at the poor record of Queensland in the construction of self-contained units for pensioners? Is the Minister aware that Queensland has one in 6 of all age pensioners but is constructing units for only one in 80? Can he inform the House what action he is talcing to rectify this shocking position?

Mr Kevin Cairns (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The States Grants (Dwellings for Aged Pensioners) Act leaves great initiative to the various State governments which are responsible not only for the timing of construction of these dwellings and their location but for all other matters. Almost the only requirement that the Commonwealth places upon the States is that when the grants are made to the States there be an undertaking by them not to lessen their own activities with respect to dwellings for age pensioners. I have noted that Queensland has not constructed dwellings in the same manner or at the same rate as have the other States. It is not within my power to direct the Queensland Government as to what it should do but I understand that that Government has undertaken measures to speed up construction of these dwellings and I' hope that that will be done in the near future.

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