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Thursday, 3 October 1974
Page: 1646

Senator MARTIN (QUEENSLAND) - My question, addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Housing and Construction, refers to a recent statement by the Minister for Housing and Construction that the Federal Government has purchased 271/2 hectares of land near Brisbane which will provide approximately 250 building sites for the erection of homes under the defence service homes scheme. Has the Federal Government undertaken to pay rates to the Redlands Shire Council on this land or does it intend to take advantage of its right not to pay local authority rates for land it owns? If it has not undertaken to pay normal property rates, will the Minister give an assurance that it will make an exgratia payment to the Redlands Shire Council so that the burden of shire maintenance of the land does not have to be met by ordinary ratepayers of the Redlands Shire?

Senator CAVANAGH - In relation to Service homes there is an arrangement whereby the Commonwealth pays various councils an amount in lieu of rates. I do not know whether arrangements have been made in a particular area. I shall refer the question to the Minister and find out what arrangements are intended for the purpose of reimbursing the council for services provided for the houses which are built.

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