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Wednesday, 3 November 1971
Page: 2897

Mr GRIFFITHS (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister for the Interior. Is it a fact that some migrants purchasing Government cottages occupied by them since their arrival are being grossly exploited in the prices being charged, the high interest rates and the conditions of purchase set by the Department of the Interior? Did these houses originally cost less than $2,000. In the Australian Capital Territory is the tenure long term Crown lease? If so, why is $8,000 or $9,000 plus 6} per cent interest being charged for pine framed asbestos walled cottages which have a very limited life span? Can the Minister say why contracts are cancelled once a purchaser makes a lump sum payment and new contracts are written thereby reducing the payment period by nearly one-third? Finally, will the Minister tell the Parliament the financial return the Government hopes to obtain from the sale of these low cost houses and why tenant purchasers are not allowed some credit off the purchase price for rent previously paid and for improvements they have made to their homes over the years of occupancy?

Mr HUNT - This is a very full and lengthy question involving considerable detail of considerable importance to the Parliament and to the people concerned. I will get the particulars in detail and supply them to the honourable member ' at the earliest opportunity.

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