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Wednesday, 10 October 1973
Page: 1904

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

(1)   With reference to his reply to my question No. 445 (Hansard, 31 May 1973, page 3070) seeking a report on the progress of discussions which were initiated in 1972 among relevant departments to examine the need for low-cost accommodation for students in Canberra, will he confer with the Students Union to ascertain if the students agree with the interdepartmental conclusions.

(2)   Does the Government agree that Reid House should be demolished to provide additional parking space in the light of the interdepartmental conclusions regarding the need for low-cost accommodation in Canberra.

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

(1)   and (2) I am regularly in touch with students of the Australian National University who are members of my constituency.

The A.C'.T. Advisory Council is currently considering a suggestion that Reid House should be used as emergency accommodation for families in distressed circumstances. The future of the building is therefore still under consideration.

The development of specific accommodation for students is a matter for educational institutions in liaison with the Australian Commission on Advanced Education and the Australian Universities Commission. The Department of the Capital Territory has no funds or authority for construction.

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