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Questions - 07 December - 21 December 1976



Questions - 07 December - 21 December 1976

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Parliamentary record 16


Questions for 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977; Parliamentary Record; ParliamentNT; 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977




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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - Thursday 9 December 1976 1695 Mrs LAWRIE to Mr TAMBLING ANSWER Given the expected rise in housing costs due to the devaluation of the Australian dollar, would he support a move to the Minister for the Northern Territory and through him to Treasury for an increase of the ceiling of the Home Finance Trustee $42,000 6% loan? I intimated in an answer to a question yesterday that the Darwin Reconstruction Commission in looking at its program was taking into account the effects of devaluation on the costs of home building in Darwin and the subs.equent effects that devaluation would have on the capital works program both for housing and other projects of the Darwin Reconstruction Commission. I do believe that it would be consistent with that policy to ask the Minister to review the ceiling that was applied to the Home Firtance Trustee loans in Darwin which were to help the private sector. The ceiling figure of $42,000 was originally struck on the basis of what similar contracts were costing for building of homes in Darwin by the Darwin Reconstruction Commission. I will certainly make a submission to the Minister and ask him to review the scheme in light of the actions also being taken by the Darwin Reconstruction Commission. 1696 Mrs LAWRIE to Mr TAMBLING ANSWER Can he yet advise this House when the sale of government homes scheme will be reintroduced in Darwin and its terms and conditions? Since question time yesterday morning, I have received a letter from the Minister with regard to the government home sale scheme. It basically referred to a submission made' to the Minister by the honourable member for Ludmi11a. In his reply to the honourable member for Ludmi11a, the Minister has stated that his department has been working intensively on this issue for some time and has now reached the position where it is necessary only for financial aspects including interest rates to be approved by the Government. The Minister has further stated that, until these negotiations are concluded, he would prefer not to make a statement other than to say that he appreciates the advantages of housing policies which place home ownership within the grasp of the community and at the same time have the effect of building up a stable workforce. I do not have the specific information sought by the member for Nightcliff but I will certainly be endeavouring to obtain it as quickly as possible. 1697 Mrs LAWRIE to Mr ~BLING I regard his answer as reasonable if the honourable member was able to inform me that he was having conIidentia1 discussions with the Minister but was not free to disclose the information. It appears that is not takirtg place. Hasn't the Minister announced that, as a matter of policy, there is to be in the near future a single housing authority in Darwin and, if that is a fact, would it not be logical for the Executive Member responsible to be involved in the discussions as to the reintroduction of the sale of government homes scheme in Darwin?