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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3035

Mr Lloyd (MURRAY, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice: {1) How many people residing or wishing to reside on farms have applied for a Home Savings Grant since the inception of the Scheme.

(2)   How many applications have been successful.

(3)   What are the major reasons for rejecting the unsuccessful applications.

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Comprehensive statistics are not maintained in respect of persons residing or wishing to reside on farms but the total number of applications determined in respect of homes located in rural areas, as distinct from metropolitan cities or country towns, from commencement of the Home Savings Grant Schemein July 1964 to 31 March 1973 was 4,384.

(2)   3,797 of these applications were successful.

(3)   Separate statistics are not maintained of the reasons for rejection of applications In respect of homes in rural areas as distinct from those in metropolitan cities or country towns. Since inception of the Scheme the most common reasons for rejection of applications have been the failure of applicants to hold savings in an acceptable form over the required minimum period of 3 years and the value of the home exceeding the statutory limit applicable at the relevant time.

National Servicemen Remaining in the Army (Question No. 398)

Dr Forbes asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

How many National Servicemen will remain in the Army on:

(a)   30 June 1973

(b)   30 September 1973

(c)   31 December 1973 and

(d)   31 March 1974.

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

Estimates of the number of National Servicemen remaining in the Army at the dates specified are:

(a)   30 June 1973-2,700

(b)   30 September 1973-1,800

(c)   31 December 1973-1,100

(d)   31 March 1974-0.

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