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Wednesday, 20 November 1974
Page: 2558

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence: Is it a fact that the Army is occupying homes in the township of Woodside in South Australia when there are vacant homes in the Woodside Army camp area nearby? Is it also a fact that young couples are being refused occupancy of these homes in Woodside, which, incidentally, are very scarce, and are being told the Army needs the houses when at the same time the locals are also being told that the Army intends to leave the Woodside Army camp? Can the Minister say whether the Army intends moving out of the Woodside area?

Senator BISHOP -The latest information I have about Woodside- it applies also to

Smithfield where the defence Services are holding various homes- is that the homes are required for the operations there and for the personnel who are now stationed there. The last information about Woodside is that it is probable that various units will be in occupancy there for some time and because of that these homes will be required. The surplus homes at Smithfield, for example, which were not required by the Royal Australian Air Force, will now be occupied by the Army. While the position at Woodside is in some state of flux as to which unit will occupy the area I think I should get an answer to the question from the Minister so that I will be sure in giving the correct details to the honourable senator tomorrow.

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