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Wednesday, 4 December 1974
Page: 3092

Senator MILLINER - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Housing and Construction. Because of his extensive knowledge of the building industry and the conditions under which many Australians live in the tropical regions of Australia because of the climate in those regions, can the Minister advise whether the Government has in train any schemes which could result in more appropriate housing, accommodation and workshops being provided for people living and working in the north?

Senator CAVANAGH - My alleged extensive interest in the building industry is not sufficient to solve all the problems created by different climatic conditions. Both when I was the Minister for Works and I think now as the Minister in this chamber representing the Minister for Housing and Construction, I have given great consideration to the problem of making life easier for residents living in desert areas and under hot climatic conditions, and likewise under cold climatic conditions. At the present time I can report that the Darwin branch of the Department of Housing and Construction has a department of technology and sociology conferring on this question with the Tropical Research Unit of the University of Queensland to see whether they can make living conditions more pleasant in the Northern Territory. There are some areas in which the installation of water coolers has an effect and others in which, because of the humidity, it does not. The tendency is to have open louvres and for air to be blown through the premises with a fan. Those bodies are working on the project to see whether they can assist in some way to make the conditions more pleasant.

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