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Wednesday, 4 December 1974
Page: 3095

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -I ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Capital Territory: Was Miss Morosi allocated a government one-bedroom flat? If so, what is the reason for her being given priority over applicants who have waited 6 years and would-be applicants who cannot get on the list? What real hardships does she suffer compared with the less well paid sections of our community?

Senator MURPHY - I have already answered the first part of the honourable senator's question. The fact is that the former assistant to Mr Grassby in community relations -

Senator Marriott - Former?

Senator MURPHY - Yes. She did not receive government accommodation. I would assume that had she stayed in that position she probably would have been entitled to such accommodation.

Senator Young - She signed the lease, though, did she not?

Senator MURPHY -Mr Bryant spoke to me and as far as I know she has not been allocated a flat. So presumably the answer to what the honourable senator is putting is no. Mr Bryant has informed me that it has been a long established practice since the inauguration of the national capital for key personnel in government positions to be accorded priority housing, that this practice has subsisted through all Administrations, and that the previous Government had no hesitation in approving many priority allocations of housing. Mr Bryant said that he had laid down a series of limitations, however, to the former practice and that all priority allocations at the request of Ministers must now receive his personal approval. The application which had been made by Miss Morosi lapsed, as she is leaving the relevant position.

Senator Young - Was it refused?

Senator MURPHY - No. I am indicating that the application lapsed. An application was made by her to Mr Bryant. Mr Bryant requested me to write a letter supporting the application. I might inform the Senate that he asked me to send a friendly letter and not one of those dull and desiccated letters which he receives from all his Ministerial colleagues. In future it might be easier, if letters between one Minister and another are to be leaked to the Press by someone in the Department, if one wrote, even to Mr Bryant, in a dull and desiccated fashion. The fact is that the application has lapsed and has not been granted. Otherwise this is a matter for Mr Bryant.

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